COVID-19 has placed tremendous pressure on health care systems, not only for critical care but also from an anxious public looking for answers. Research from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business found that chatbots — software applications that conduct online chats via text or text-to-speech — working for reputable organizations can ease the burden on medical providers and offer trusted guidance to those with symptoms.
Notre Dame researchers create online tool to track development of coronavirus vaccines.
Notre Dame’s Merlin Bruening and a team of scientists have begun research to develop point-of-care antibody tests that would help public health officials to better understand how an individual’s immunity to COVID-19 lasts over time.
Developed by Notre Dame researchers, the portal models predict COVID-19 disease transmission by using county data of daily reported infections and current human movement restrictions, such as shelter-in-place and social distancing orders.
Alex Perkins and Kyle Bibby are looking at short-term forecasts of potential infection and are monitoring spread of the coronavirus in wastewater.
With the COVID-19 pandemic upending life as we know it, researchers are taking quick action to study how people from Appalachia to Europe are responding to the pressure this crisis has placed on their communities.
COVID-19 is quickly becoming the leading cause of death in the United States. But only about one in three Americans has completed any type of advance directive that articulates, in writing, their end-of-life wishes regarding health care decisions. Seema Mohapatra, an associate…
On April 29, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the economy shrank at a 4.8 percent annual rate in the first three months of 2020 — the first quarterly contraction since 2014 and largest since the Great Recession amid the…
A new study by epidemiologists at the University of Notre Dame suggests social distancing measures at current levels in many states may need to be maintained until the summer to avoid a potentially deadly resurgence of the coronavirus.
New study explores the connection between levels of a type of destructive white blood cell, known as a neutrophil, with the severity of COVID-19.
The risk of a pandemic was known prior to the current health crisis, yet managers, in disclosing their companies’ risk factors to shareholders in 2018, showed little foresight in terms of the impact and likelihood of a pandemic, according to new research from Notre Dame.
New data suggests that Michigan nursing homes that responded to a survey were far better prepared for this pandemic than they were for the last one. The study includes responses from 130 nursing homes to a survey performed during the week the state announced its first documented case of COVID-19.
Proning, a supportive intervention used for decades to treat ICU patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), is a recommended practice for COVID-19 patients. In proning, or prone positioning, patients are laid on their stomachs, allowing gravity to refill air…
It is the time of year when many young people would be attending prom, taking part in athletic games, participating in graduation and preparing summer plans. Due to the pandemic, many children are going to miss activities that have become…
During the coronavirus pandemic, health care professionals worldwide are facing shortages of personal protection equipment (PPE). But faculty, students and staff from across Rutgers are coming together to produce face shields and intubation boxes themselves with off-the-shelf materials to help relieve the PPE shortage at area hospitals.
With not nearly enough coronavirus tests to go around, researchers usually seeking new scientific insights have reworked their labs to produce the enzymes for 3,000 new tests per day.
More than 800 employees from Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and University Hospital are participating in a pioneering study
On Monday, a United States appeals court allowed Texas to enforce restrictions on abortions during the COVID-19 pandemic – just one of the many issues that have been bought to light concerning the reproductive rights of women, from the debate…
A constitutional quagmire of issues, stretching from the exercise of religion to labor law, have arisen in the United States amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Constitutional experts at the West Virginia University College of Law weighed-in on First Amendment concerns…
University of California San Diego researchers have ported the popular UniFrac microbiome tool to graphic processing units (GPUs) in a bid to increase the acceleration and accuracy of scientific discovery, including urgently needed COVID-19 research.
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is launching a new COVID-19 research project called CovidWatch. This volunteer longitudinal study, aims to answer some of the most important questions about COVID-19
Notre Dame Assistant Professor of Economics Kirsten Cornelson and her co-author found that in states with governors who won by close margins, compliance with stay-at-home orders and other health advice is lower among people with the opposite party affiliation.
Researchers have shown that improving one’s “self-efficacy” — the confidence to perform well in a particular part of life — may help manage stress during a time like COVID-19. Here are four ways to build self-efficacy.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in partnership with the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP), today launched the Global COVID-19 Observatory and Resource Center for Childhood Cancer.
Health care providers across the Las Vegas Valley were facing an unprecedented challenge, worsened by a lack of supplies to protect themselves. A local medical community group reached out: Could the UNLV College of Engineering help fill the gap for personal protection equipment, such as face shields? The college put together a task force.
Because of the worldwide havoc caused by coronavirus, supply chains have become a crucial new focus of the global economy. Along with health care providers, workers in logistics and transportation have emerged among the people essential to sustaining life through the pandemic.As a result, a Washington University in St. Louis expert foresees permanent changes ahead to guard against massive stresses on supply chains and better ensure their workers’ safety.
Committed to supporting healthcare professionals serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Parkdale Center and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) have launched the free “Support The Front” program to service healthcare professionals dealing with grief, trauma, exhaustion, and fear.
Supriya Munshaw, a senior lecturer at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, offers insights on the likely time frame for a coronavirus vaccine, the steps involved in developing one, the most promising candidates currently in the labs of biotech companies, and why, years after the MERS and SARS outbreaks, a coronavirus vaccine still has not been produced.
The Healthcare Worker Exposure Response & Outcomes (HERO) Registry launched this week, inviting U.S. health care workers to share clinical and life experiences in order to understand the perspectives and problems faced by those on the COVID-19 pandemic front lines.
A clinical researcher, who has studied the lack of hygiene practices among hospital patients, is urging not just hospitals—but those who end up there—to do more to fight against the novel coronavirus, which had infected more than 2 million people worldwide by mid-April.
A new review suggests that higher-than-normal levels of an enzyme involved in blood clot prevention may be a common risk factor for developing COVID-19—a respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2—in some populations. The review is published in Physiological Reviews.
If you’re not supposed to touch your face, should contact lens wearers shift to glasses during the COVID-19 pandemic? David Chu, assistant professor of ophthalmology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, discusses contact lens safety precautions and how the virus might affect eyes.
During these times of uncertainty, we’re all having to change what we do and how we do it—including health care providers who have had to swiftly migrate to telehealth to offer care that doesn’t require patients to travel and visit crowded facilities for treatment. To help meet this urgent need, Penn Nursing is offering its new online training in best practices for telehealth to all health care providers, free of charge, and each completed course provides 2 CEUs.
UGA medication experts answer common questions they’re receiving from patients
Project Florence enhances skills of nurses serving critically ill patients; curriculum is free to hospitals worldwide
Disruptions caused to the food and agriculture sector’s supply chains by the COVID-19 pandemic are being analyzed by the Texas A&M AgriLife-led Center of Excellence for Cross-Border Threat Screening and Supply Chain Defense Center, or CBTS, a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence.
Rapidly escalating numbers of COVID-19 patients suffering from respiratory failure threaten to overwhelm hospital capacity and force healthcare providers into making challenging decisions about the care they provide. Of particular interest is the role of ECMO – extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, a form of life support for patients with advanced lung disease – to support critically ill patients in the current pandemic.
Performing arts centers. Hospitals. Museums. Social service agencies. Nonprofit organizations in local communities are as vast and varied as the private businesses that operate and make up a majority of a city’s economic engine. But as state leaders gave orders…
This is a feature story about Furman University professor of philosophy Aaron Simmons, who started a YoutTube channel of selfie videos with encouraging and educational messages.
Since 2016, Cornell University assistant professor of communication J. Nathan Matias has tracked the algorithms on Reddit, a massive network of forums where people share content and news, and which claims to have more users than Twitter. As the coronavirus pandemic exploded, Matias began using the tool – called the COVID-19 Algo-Tracker – to monitor Reddit’s virus-related posts and threads, both to inform people about the mechanisms behind the information they’re receiving and to create a large, publicly available dataset for future research.
In Monday’s coronavirus press briefing, President Trump said that he has “total authority” to reopen the economy, in contrast to plans being made by governors and local officials across the country to lift restrictions. Kathleen Bergin, professor of law at…
Robert P. Delprino, professor of psychology and assistant dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences, spoke about the pandemic and how it may affect workers facing the new reality. Delprino is an expert in organizational psychology and the stressors facing first…
James Nolan, professor of sociology at West Virginia University and former police officer, believes the COVID-19 pandemic presents a unique opportunity for police reform that could break the chains of outdated, and perhaps ineffective, approaches to policing.
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Virginia-based Smithfield Foods, one of the country’s largest pork producers, announced Sunday, April 12 that it is closing its pork processing plant in Sioux Falls until further notice after some 300 employees tested positive for the coronavirus. The move could…
South Asia is home to over 1.8 billion people with 16.1% of people living at or below U.S. $1.90 a day, 30.5% living in slums, and 15.3% being undernourished. Collectively, these issues contribute to significant public health challenges for South Asia’s population that are further compounded by the ongoing…
Climate scientists at Notre Dame say despite the challenge to collecting data, the current crisis is already spurring new proposals for research and revealing interesting parallels to the climate crisis that could provide valuable lessons for the future.
Preliminary data has shown that people living with HIV may be at heightened risk for severe complications from COVID-19 because they are simultaneously experiencing two epidemics that are synergistically interacting to create increased odds of death and disability. However, HIV…
Lyme Campaign Seeks Participants Who Are ‘Resilient’ to the Tick-borne Disease
An experimental therapy to help patients recover from COVID-19 by transfusing plasma from virus survivors into critically ill patients is being investigated by physicians at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) for use at Memorial Hermann.