Covid-19 News



Why and where, revisited (and boosters)

August 19, 2021
I’m young and healthy, why should I get vaccinated? In the United States, we have a long history of helping each other. If a river is flooding, everyone in the community comes to pile sandbags on the riverbank against the rising water.…
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Community Immunity

August 6, 2021
 We’re a month away from the start of classes for the 2021/22 Academic Year and I believe we are all looking forward to seeing colleagues face to face again – even with facemasks firmly in place. Having worked closely with our University…
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Great Questions and Some Answers

July 28, 2021
Thank you for the lively discussion and great questions via feedback! There is a wide range of concerns around vaccination, particularly since there is confusing and contradictory information about it. I will work to answer your questions…
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Just the Vax Facts

July 23, 2021
We don’t want people to get sick with COVID-19 of any variant. Period. Message from Campus Public Health Officer Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD
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Max the Vax

July 14, 2021
Let’s do something together now so we can all meet together in the fall. Message from Campus Public Health Officer Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD

Household Cats are More Susceptible to Coronavirus Infection Than Dogs in Early-Pandemic Minnesota

July 14, 2021
A study conducted by the UMN College of Veterinary Medicine found that household cats were more susceptible than dogs to natural infection of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, early on during the pandemic.
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UMN receives $1.5 million for COVID-19 treatment trial

June 23, 2021
As the first trial of its kind, researchers will use common and widely available drugs to treat symptoms of COVID-19. This story was originally published by the Minnesota Daily on June 17, 2021.
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UMN Leading Research Study on COVID-19 Vaccine Immune Response

June 15, 2021
The University of Minnesota is leading a research study that aims to better understand the immune system’s response to COVID-19 vaccines. Our primary focus is to understand if immunocompromised people have different responses to the…
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Pandemic resource inequity on an international level

May 3, 2021
With the news of a COVID-19 outbreak in India and the World Health Organization urging countries to address global inequalities in health, University of Minnesota faculty Shailey Prasad and Karthik Natarajan speak about global distribution…
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A shot in the arm for those who need it most

April 22, 2021
As the fight against COVID-19 becomes a charge to quickly vaccinate Minnesotans—especially the most vulnerable—there remain key shortages, both in vaccine supplies and the people to administer them, especially to underserved populations…