Feeling overwhelmed? Approach coronavirus as a challenge to be met, not a threat to be feared

A global pandemic is anxiety-provoking for most people. But modifying the way you perceive the situation can set you up to deal with it more effectively.

Bethany Teachman, Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia
March 30, 2020 | conversation

~6 mins   

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Coronavirus: a new type of vaccine using RNA could help defeat COVID-19

Traditional vaccines can take years to create. Rather than immunizing people with viral proteins, the new approach gives the molecular instructions that allows the body to make its own vaccine.

Robert Carnahan, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University
March 26, 2020 | conversation

~9 mins   

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Labs are experimenting with new – but unproven – methods to create a coronavirus vaccine fast

Under pressure to develop a coronavirus vaccine, researchers have turned to protein synthesis, genetics and hybrid viruses. It is likely a mix of these approaches will be used to fight the coronavirus.

Jean Peccoud, Professor, Abell Chair in Synthetic Biology, Colorado State University
March 26, 2020 | conversation

~10 mins   

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Coronavirus: household cleaning products can kill the virus – an expert on which ones to use

Here are the most effective cleaning solutions to keep your home free of coronavirus.

Lena Ciric, Associate Professor in Environmental Engineering, UCL
March 25, 2020 | conversation

~5 mins   

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Fleeing from the coronavirus is dangerous for you, the people you encounter along the way and wherever you end up

Universities and colleges around the world are closing. People are fleeing from cities. Some people are being forced to move but others must weigh the risks and ethical concerns of travel.

Rebecca S.B. Fischer, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Texas A&M University
March 23, 2020 | conversation

~7 mins   

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Anxiety about coronavirus can increase the risk of infection — but exercise can help

The immune system can respond to stress in ways that harm health. But there's a stress-buster that can help keep you calm and healthy: exercise.

Jennifer J. Heisz, Associate Professor in Kinesiology and Associate Director (Seniors) of the Physical Activity Centre of Excellence, McMaster University
March 22, 2020 | conversation

~7 mins   

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COVID-19 treatment might already exist in old drugs – we're using pieces of the coronavirus itself to find them

Among the more than 20,000 drugs approved by the FDA, there may be some that can treat COVID-19. A team at the University of California, San Francisco, is identifying possible candidates.

Nevan Krogan, Professor and Director of Quantitative Biosciences Institute, University of California, San Francisco
March 20, 2020 | conversation

~8 mins   

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Older people are at more risk from COVID-19 because of how the immune system ages

Different demographics are more or less vulnerable to serious complications from the coronavirus. A virologist explains the aging-related changes in how immune systems work that are to blame.

Brian Geiss, Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology, Colorado State University
March 19, 2020 | conversation

~7 mins   

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Viruses live on doorknobs and phones and can get you sick – smart cleaning and good habits can help protect you

The coronavirus, like many infectious diseases, can live and spread on inanimate objects in the world around us. An epidemiologist explains how and gives some advice on how to minimize the risk.

Joseph Eisenberg, Professor and Chair of Epidemiology, University of Michigan
March 17, 2020 | conversation

~7 mins   

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