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UF mobilizes campus, Exactech expertise to make vital COVID-19 nasal swabs

Explore | 05/26/20

When University of Florida Health needed a massive supply of nasal swabs for expanded COVID-19 testing, the solution was right on campus and just across town. It came from Forrest J. Masters, Ph.D., P.E., a professor and the associate dean for research and facilities at UF’s Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. Working with the 3D printing lab at UF’s Marston Science Library and Gainesville orthopaedic implant maker Exactech, the group is making 100,000 swabs for UF Health.

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Model Shows How Masks and Social Distancing Could Control Coronavirus

Explore | 05/19/20

While the world awaits a vaccine or effective treatment for COVID-19, a UF professor’s mathematical model has shown that the coronavirus can be controlled by non-pharmaceutical measures such as social distancing and the use of face masks in public — but only if widely complied with and implemented for an appropriate period of time.

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UF researchers seek to improve safety of personal protective equipment for health care workers

UF Health News | 05/18/20

Through a newly funded National Science Foundation Rapid Response Research grant, University of Florida researchers in environmental and global health and in epidemiology are on a mission to improve personal protective equipment to better protect health care workers and the broader community from infection with SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

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Effects of Covid-19 on heart and lungs

UF Health cardiologist: COVID-19 might be a disease of the lungs and the heart

Explore | 05/18/20

University of Florida Health cardiologist Carl J. Pepine, M.D., a professor in and former chief of the UF College of Medicine’s division of cardiovascular medicine, said scientists are studying how the virus can infect heart muscle and blood vessels as well as the lungs. The virus, for instance, is known to enter the body through the ACE-2 receptors of the lungs, but such receptors are also found in the cardiovascular system.

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Brantly Lab at UF

Quicker reviews, designated funding is speeding COVID-19 research efforts at UF Health

Explore | 05/15/20

University of Florida Health researcher Mark Brantly, M.D., and his team are working to evaluate a drug treatment for the novel coronavirus that might block the deadly inflammatory response caused by the disease that curtails the lungs’ ability to function.

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COVID-19 Patient Simulation Drill

UF researchers launch study on small materials that may have a big impact on protecting communities from COVID-19

Explore | 05/13/20

Through a newly-funded National Science Foundation Rapid Response Research, or RAPID, grant, researchers in the University of Florida departments of environmental and global health and epidemiology are on a mission to improve personal protective equipment, specifically face masks, that are being widely used to protect health care workers and the broader community from infection with SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 illness.

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Andrew Fritze with the 2006 BCS National Champion Florida Gators

Profiles During A Pandemic: Dr. Fritze Forced to Barn Out Back by COVID-19


Andrew Fritze is not the kind of person to run the other way when a unique challenge appears. All you need to know about Fritze to grasp his tenacity is that he was a 6-foot-1, 180-pound walk-on who earned two national championship rings on a pair of Florida teams that featured some of the best players in school history. For two weeks starting in late March, Fritze moved to a barn behind his family's home in the Daytona area so he could remain isolated from his wife Tara, their two young daughters, and several older relatives who often help the couple with the kids.
Photo: Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos

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UF President W. Kent Fuchs

What 'Normal' Might Look Like in Six Months in Florida | Perspective

Tampa Bay Times | 04/24/20

In five or six months, we probably won’t be stuck in our homes, but where exactly might we be, literally and metaphorically? To answer that question — from our workplaces to our classrooms, from the sports stadium and concert hall to the campaign trail and the voting booth — we reached out to thought leaders, from the president of the Florida Chamber of Commerce to the president of Florida’s flagship university and to experts in our own newsroom.

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UF expert Lori Pennington-Gray

How Will Covid-19 Affect Future Travel Behavior? A Travel Crisis Expert Explains

New York Times | 04/15/20

Since 2007, the Tourism Crisis Management Initiative at the University of Florida has studied many disasters that have threatened the travel industry, from hurricanes to the Zika virus. Beginning in January, prompted by the coronavirus-related threat in China, it began a periodic survey of Americans who travel on their perceptions of risk and anxiety related to Covid-19, and the impact of those perceptions on future travel decisions.

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How to Conduct Coronavirus Research at Pandemic Speed

The Washington Post | 04/10/20

UF Assistant Professor of biostatistics Natalie E. Dean writes about how to accelerate randomized clinical trials to contend with an active pandemic: "Even experienced scientists and clinicians tend to overestimate the promise of new drugs and minimize the risks. This is why randomized clinical trials are the gold standard in medicine . . . How do we conduct such trials at pandemic speed? Officials, families of patients and the public are clamoring for results; researchers, even scrupulous ones, may find it tempting to jump the gun on announcing promising news."

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A laboratory worker tests a sample of a suspected COVID-19 patient

New Coronavirus Spreads as Readily as 1918 Spanish Flu and Probably Originated in Bats

Los Angeles Times | 01/29/20

UF expert Derek Cummings explains the unique threat of the new coronavirus: "It’s concerning that case reports are increasing, and increasing in a way that’s consistent with pretty efficient human-to-human transmission."

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