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Stay up to date with COVID-19 news on @theU

Community

@theU is the one-stop resource for news about the U. The site is updated with the latest U-related COVID-19 research, updates, and stories.

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Recovered from COVID-19 but with an uncertain future

Health

On March 13, Clement Chow found himself on the leading edge of a tidal wave. He was at University of Utah Hospital as one of the first COVID-19 cases in the state.

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Charting COVID-19’s impact on higher education

Education

The U’s Sorenson Impact Center is creating the largest single data set on the impact of COVID-19 on higher education.

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U invests $1.3 million in COVID-19 research

Research

From domestic violence to drug development, the U has put $1.3 million toward 56 different projects to address issues arising out of the pandemic.

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We will prevail

Community

In trying times, we are stronger as one. But when we can’t be together, we find ways to persevere. We are resilient. We are creative. We will find new solutions.

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U Awarded $5 Million to Improve COVID-19 Testing for Underserved Populations

Community

Across the US, COVID-19 is hitting some communities harder than others, and Utah is no exception.

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COVID-19 deaths among black essential workers linked to racial disparities

Research

Racial disparities among essential workers could be a key reason that Black Americans are more likely than whites to contract and die of COVID-19.

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Vaping injuries more difficult to diagnose during time of COVID-19 pandemic

Research

Diagnosing respiratory illness associated with vaping has always been challenging.

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Self-collected saliva and nasal swabs are equally effective for COVID-19 testing

Research

Self-collected saliva and deep nasal swabs collected by healthcare providers are equally effective for detecting SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

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Utah HERO Project announces phase one findings

Community

The Utah Health and Economic Recovery (HERO) Project has concluded phase one of a large-scale undertaking to test 10,000 Utahns from across four counties.

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How to avoid eye strain caused by increased screen time

Health

As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches into the new school year, it looks like kids and adults will continue to experience more at-home screen time.

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U classrooms to receive lecture capture systems

Education

With greater emphasis on remote learning, the U is outfitting approximately 120 general access classrooms with video capture systems.

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Utah’s young population contributes to relatively low COVID-19 death rate

Research

Research from the U shows how Utah has a lower COVID-19 death rate than the nation as a whole.

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Should you be wearing goggles with your face mask?

Health

Can you contract coronavirus through your eyes, and might safety glasses reduce the risk of exposure?

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Amniotic fluid could reduce acute symptoms, long-term risks of COVID-19

Research

Amniotic fluid, the clear liquid that helps nourish and protect fetuses before birth, isn’t just for babies.

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U introduces two new courses focused on COVID-19

Education

As students return to the U, they will find new courses focused on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 causes ‘hyperactivity’ in blood-clotting cells

Research

Changes in blood platelets triggered by COVID-19 could contribute to the onset of heart attacks, strokes, and other serious complications in some patients who have the disease.

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Tips to Keep Your Glasses Fog-Free When You Wear a Mask

Health

Optical Shop manager Patrick Shaw at the John A. Moran Eye Center knows all about wearing glasses with a protective mask for hours on end.

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When to consider cataract surgery

Health

Deciding when to get cataract surgery as an older adult has always been a judgment call between a patient and their doctor.

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Answering COVID-19 Questions

Health

The Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at University of Utah Health answers common questions about COVID-19.

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Supporting the Navajo Nation

Community

The rising number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Navajo Nation sparked an overwhelming support.

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University of Utah Health leads study of COVID-19 effects on pregnancy

Research

Did pandemic-related changes result in higher rates of pregnancy-related complications and cesarean delivery?

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University of Utah Health and ARUP conduct saliva testing for COVID-19 study

Research

The study evaluates whether saliva and other specimen types can be effectively used to test for COVID-19.

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Moran outreach team creating COVID-10 PPE for Haiti and beyond

Community

When Sophia Fang learned a long-time partner of the John A. Moran Eye Center’s Global Outreach Division in Haiti had to shut its doors because of a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) to battle a COVID-19 outbreak, she took action.

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University of Utah Hospital opens COVID-19 unit

Health

The “hospital within a hospital” is completely isolated from non-COVID-19 patients, reducing risk to both staff and other patients.

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Understanding COVID-19 social distancing challenge for people with vision loss

Community

Some of the steps taken to help prevent the spread of coronavirus present challenges for people with visual impairments. But you can help.

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U employees 3D print PPE for frontline workers

Innovation

Jan Lovett wondered if she could remember how to sew. But she knew she had to do something to help.

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U coaches encourage Utahns to crush the curve

Community

In place of billboards advertising upcoming games or matches, last April, U coaches were the face of a campaign urging Utahns to stay home and stay safe.

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Research during COVID-19: Adapting to level Orange

Research

Researchers across U of U Health describe how they are adapting to research in the age of COVID-19, under the restricted level Orange.

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How COVID-19 antibody testing can guide public policy

Research

While it’s too soon to use antibody testing to issue “immunity passports,” the tests can inform decisions about public health and relaxing social distancing interventions.

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COVID-19 testing event for underserved communities takes place at Utah State Fairpark

Community

U of U Health, the Utah Legislature, and the Utah Department of Health are working to provide COVID-19 testing for underserved communities in Utah.

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U researcher developing portable COVID-19 test

Innovation

About the size of a quarter, a sensor to detect COVID-19 is under development at the U, thanks to a $200,000 NSF grant.

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U embarks on ambitious COVID-19 testing effort

Community

U students are helping thousands of Utahns get tested for COVID-19 as part of a massive effort for state leaders to make data-informed decisions.

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UMFA donates art kits to local schools

Arts

The Utah Museum of Fine arts donated 1,500 art kits to Granite School District and Whitehorse High School in San Juan County.

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10,000 PPE masks gifted to the U

Community

The masks to protect providers and patients at U of U Health facilities were donated by the Sichuan Forestry and Grassland Provincial Bureau in China.

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Sorenson Impact Center launches creativity in quarantine project

Arts

Weekly visual prompts inspire creatives to share their passion in film, illustration, dance and more. Selections are posted to the website and Instagram @projectapART.

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Op-ed: Why research universities matter

Research

COVID-19 has disrupted nearly every aspect of life as we know it, from education to the economy, work and worship, families and friends.

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100+research groups studying COVID-19

Virtually every entity at the U is involved, including undergraduate students and staff, studying causes and consequences of COVID-19.

Block U flashes white to honor health care workers

Community

The Block U went white in honor of health care workers across the globe. Their courage, sacrifice and commitment give us hope.

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COVID-19 Central

Community

The University of Utah’s site for students, staff and faculty to stay up-to-date on all things novel coronavirus-related.

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Keeping your homemade face masks clean

Health

A good protective measure against COVID-19 is to wear a face mask. It’s important to keep your face masks clean, especially homemade ones.

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Evidence suggests COVID-19 isn’t sexually transmitted

Research

COVID-19 is unlikely to be spread through semen, according to University of Utah Health scientists.

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Webinar: Public management in times of crisis

Education

Public institutions and nonprofits face unique challenges. The U’s Programs in Public Affairs hosted a webinar to help lead communities and organizations through uncertain times.

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U students go shopping for seniors

Service

Joining a national movement, a group of U students is doing the shopping and running errands for seniors and people who may be immunocompromised in the area.

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$1.3 millioninvested in COVID-19 research

From domestic violence to drug development, the U has put $1.3 million toward 56 different projects to address issues arising out of the pandemic.

Center for Medical Innovation designs reusable respirator

Innovation

The U’s Center for Medical Innovation designed a safe and reusable enclosed Powered Air Purifying Respirator system for working with COVID-19 patients.

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Help scientists during the COVID-19 pandemic

Research

COVID-19 is impacting all of us. Researchers at the U are working to end the pandemic, and you can help.

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4,000masks donated

Thousands of masks and other safety equipment were donated in a student-run personal protective equipment drive.

ProjectProtect volunteers make medical grade masks

Service

ProjectProtect is engaging 10,000 volunteers each week to sew more than 5 million medical-grade masks for frontline health workers.

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Utah colleges band together to create personal protective equipment

Community

Utah’s colleges and universities are participating in ProjectProtect to produce 5 million medical-grade masks to address the national shortage of personal protective equipment.

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COVID-19: What to do if you or a family member test positive

Health

What should you do when you or a family member has tested positive for COVID-19? Use the checklist below to protect yourself and your loved ones.

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Face mask cover guidelines

Health

Mask covers can limit the spread of germs. But they’re not all created equal. Learn the do’s and don’ts of wearing face masks to protect yourself and those around you.

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President’s podcast series explores top issues, innovations

Community

In recent episodes of her U Rising podcast series, President Watkins looks at how COVID-19 is affecting Utah, and what the U is doing to combat the virus.

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2,300patients enrolled in clinical trials

Researchers at the U are partnering with Intermountain Healthcare to launch two clinical trials to test the effectiveness of treating COVID-19 patients.

Top tips for job searching during COVID-19

Education

If you’re wondering how to job search during COVID-19, you’re not alone. Here are some tips to help you keep your job search active during the coronavirus pandemic.

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