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New study finds less than 10% of Americans have antibodies against novel coronavirus

Now nearly seven months into the global pandemic, the world has seen a wide gamut of strategies to battling the coronavirus. In Sweden, the futile attempt to induce herd immunity led to a sharp increase in the number of deaths nationwide. In the U.S., despite nearly 7.5 documented infections and over 200,000 reported deaths, a new study published in The Lancet on Sept. 25 found that under 10% of Americans have antibodies against the coronavirus. Read more

UA COVID-19 Test Tracker

Daily (9/25)
944 31 3.3%
Total (8/4)
35,583 2,255 6.3%
Includes tests since August 4, 2020
Data from https://covid19.arizona.edu/updates
Updated September 25, 2020

Congressman Ruben Gallego and two health experts hold press conference for spike in COVID-19 cases

On Monday, June 15, Congressman Ruben Gallego and two health experts Will Humble and Andy Slavitt, held a press conference to discuss the rising trend in COVID-19 cases in Arizona. Humble is the current director of the Arizona Public Health Association and former director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, preceding the current director Dr. Cara Christ. Slavitt is the former acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under former President Barack Obama and the current host of the podcast "In the Bubble." Read more

UA research team identifies compounds as antiviral agents for SARS-CoV-2

As confirmed COVID-19 cases quickly approach 7.4 million, a group of University of Arizona researchers is giving the public something to be optimistic about. Jun Wang, an assistant professor in the UA's College of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, along with his lab team — Chunlong Ma, Yanmei Hu and undergraduate student Tommy Szeto — have identified compounds that block the viral replication of SARS-CoV-2, the pathogen responsible for causing COVID-19. Read more

Arizona sees increased ICU usage, upward trend of COVID-19 cases

This week, the state of Arizona reached a grim milestone of 1,000 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 shortly after the nation passed 100,000 confirmed deaths the week before. After a glimmer of hope of partial reopenings surged across every state, Arizona is now seeing an increased number of ventilators being used, an upward trend of cases and intensive care unit numbers on the rise as well. Read more

Wildfire season surges in southern and central Arizona

Wildfire season in Arizona is gaining traction and four major wildfires — the Bighorn Fire in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson, the Tortolita Fire just north of Tucson, the Blue River Fire near Alpine and the Sawtooth Fire just east of Phoenix — are currently lighting up areas of southern and central Arizona. Read more

Mind Window: An app to see inside the mind

An app was developed to quantify human day-to-day thoughts. The app is called Mind Window and is available for both iOS and Android users. The researchers who developed the app use a method called experience sampling, where data is repeatedly collected at random moments during someone’s day-to-day life.  Read more

Two professors given first Integrative Medicine in Residency Award

As holistic approaches are becoming increasingly accepted in Western medicine, the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine has taken steps to recognize two professors. On April 2, the center awarded Dr. Noshene Ranjbar and Dr. Andrea Gordon with its first-ever Integrative Medicine in Residency Innovation Award. Read more