COVID-19

  • Forecasting the next COVID-19

    Monday, Dec 14, 2020
    by Jerimiah Oetting, for the Office of the Dean for Research

    Princeton disease ecologist C. Jessica Metcalf and Harvard physician and epidemiologist Michael Mina say that predicting disease could become as commonplace as predicting the weather. The Global Immunological Observatory, like a weather center forecasting a tornado or hurricane, would alert the world, earlier than ever before, to dangerous emerging pathogens like SARS-CoV-2.

  • In pandemic, Princeton graduate students and faculty raced to create innovative protections for hospital staff

    Monday, Dec 7, 2020
    by The Office of Communications

    When a local hospital experienced a surge in coronavirus patients last spring, it tapped Princeton University researchers for urgent solutions to help protect its healthcare workers.

    Since then, University labs have delivered more than 3,000 reusable face shields to hospital staff in the emergency department and other areas of Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center, as well as 1,500 specialized covers for the powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs) used by medical workers in high-risk environments. University labs recently received a request for another 1,000 PAPR covers.

  • COVID-19 shutdowns disproportionately affected low-income Black households

    Monday, Nov 30, 2020
    by B. Rose Huber, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

    The alarming rate at which COVID-19 has killed Black Americans has highlighted the deeply embedded racial disparities in the U.S. health care system.

    Princeton researchers now report that low-income Black households also experienced greater job loss, more food and medicine insecurity, and higher indebtedness in the early months of the pandemic compared to white or Latinx low-income households.

  • Large, delayed outbreaks of endemic diseases possible following COVID-19 controls

    Monday, Nov 9, 2020
    by Morgan Kelly, High Meadows Environmental Institute

    Measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 through non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) such as mask wearing and social distancing are a key tool in combatting the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. These actions also have greatly reduced incidence of many other diseases, including influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

  • Invention sparked by COVID-19 pandemic safely disinfects surfaces continuously

    Monday, Oct 12, 2020
    by Larry Bernard, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

    An invention to apply plasma to frequently touched items for continuous disinfection could provide a safe and effective, non-chemical way to reduce pathogens on various surfaces such as keypads, escalator handrails and other high-touch surfaces, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) inventors say.

    The invention (patent pending) directs cold plasma from different orientations to keep surfaces disinfected without hand sanitizer, sprays, ultraviolet light or other chemical-based solutions.

  • How exactly do we spread droplets as we talk? Engineers found out.

    Monday, Oct 12, 2020
    by Adam Hadhazy, Office of Engineering Communications

    For the first time, researchers have directly visualized how speaking produces and expels droplets of saliva into the air. The smallest droplets can be inhaled by other people and are a primary way that respiratory infections like COVID-19 spread from person to person.

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