Coronavirus

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New $13.8M Center Will Study Infectious Disease, Pandemic Preparedness

To better prepare for future pandemics, the Biosciences Initiative is awarding $13.8 million over five years to the new Michigan Center for Infectious Disease Threats, maximizing the University of Michigan's breadth of scientific expertise and collaboration across campus. Michigan Public Health professor of Epidemiology, Aubree Gordon, will lead the center.

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Counties With Intervention Measures, More Hospitals Experienced Fewer COVID-19 Deaths

New research from Jess Millar

Counties that banned in-person religious gatherings and those with a greater number of hospitals per capita were associated with a decreased case-fatality rate of COVID-19 during the pandemic's first wave, according to a new University of Michigan study. On the other hand, counties with high prevalence of asthma and a greater concentration of people over 65 were linked to higher fatality rates, the analysis showed.

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Michigan Researchers Get $5.3M to Expand COVID-19 Wastewater Monitoring

New Research from Chuanwu Xi and Kevin Bakker

University of Michigan researchers surveying wastewater systems for SARS-COV-2 will be able to increase testing sites and continue monitoring until 2023 after receiving more than $5 million from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

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5 Tips from Mental Health Experts on Transitioning Out of COVID Restrictions

Riana Anderson featured in PBS News

With vaccines widely available and case numbers dropping, cities around the US are dropping restrictions and focusing on “getting back to normal” for the summer. But for many—after more than a year in isolation—“normal” feels scary. Experts say we need to talk more about what transitioning to a more open society will be like—and what our new normal will be like.