Two gaps to fill for the 2021-2022 winter wave of COVID-19 cases

The US was not ready for the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. What can public health leaders and policymakers do to make sure we don't face another winter of rampant disease?

Maciej F. Boni, Associate Professor of Biology, Penn State • conversation
today ~9 min

Can vaccinated people still spread the coronavirus?

You've been vaccinated; can you now safely see your friends and family? New research hints that vaccinated people may be less likely to transmit the coronavirus, but they are not 100% in the clear.

Deborah Fuller, Professor of Microbiology, University of Washington • conversation
Feb. 26, 2021 ~7 min

How does the Johnson & Johnson vaccine compare to other coronavirus vaccines? 4 questions answered

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is different from the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines in a few important ways that could make it a huge help to global vaccination efforts.

Maureen Ferran, Associate Professor of Biology, Rochester Institute of Technology • conversation
Feb. 25, 2021 ~7 min

6 important truths about COVID-19 vaccines

With the vaccines now being administered at sites around the US, it is important to address misinformation surrounding the effort.

Kanneboyina Nagaraju, Professor of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Binghamton University, State University of New York • conversation
Feb. 18, 2021 ~10 min

How many people get long COVID – and who is most at risk?

'Long COVID' – in which people have symptoms lasting more than a few weeks – is turning out to be very common. People hospitalized for COVID-19 are at highest risk, but they aren't alone.

Stephanie LaVergne, Research Scientist, Colorado State University • conversation
Feb. 17, 2021 ~7 min

Coronavirus variants, viral mutation and COVID-19 vaccines: The science you need to understand

The virus is evolving and new strains are more transmissible. Will the vaccines work against these new variants? How can researchers stay ahead of the virus's evolution?

Richard Kuhn, Professor of Biological Sciences, Purdue University • conversation
Feb. 2, 2021 ~9 min

How can I get the COVID-19 vaccine? Here's what you need to know and which state strategies are working

Getting pharmacies more involved could be a game changer, particularly for reaching minorities, older adults without internet access and others left behind.

Steven W. Chen, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, University of Southern California • conversation
Feb. 1, 2021 ~8 min

Why it takes 2 shots to make mRNA vaccines do their antibody-creating best – and what the data shows on delaying the booster dose

With slow vaccine distribution and manufacturing, some people won't get the second dose on time. But does it matter?

William Petri, Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
Jan. 28, 2021 ~6 min

A healthy microbiome builds a strong immune system that could help defeat COVID-19

The microbes in your gut influence how your immune system reacts to bacteria and viruses. A severe immune reaction is deadly; a small one lets the virus win. The right balance may depend on your diet.

Ana Maldonado-Contreras, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Physiological Systems, University of Massachusetts Medical School • conversation
Jan. 22, 2021 ~12 min

Is COVID-19 infecting wild animals? We're testing species from bats to seals to find out

COVID-19 has been found in pets, zoo animals and in a wild mink in Utah. Monitoring wildlife for COVID-19 is important for animals and humans, both of whom face risks from a jumping virus.

Kaitlin Sawatzki, Postdoctoral Infectious Disease Researcher, Tufts University • conversation
Jan. 19, 2021 ~8 min