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10/25 News Flash 7: Mouthwashes, oral rinses may inactivate human coronaviruses

10/25 News Flash 7: Mouthwashes, oral rinses may inactivate human coronaviruses

Graphic by Tai Michaels. Researchers at the Penn State College of Medicine are examining the effects of mouthwashes on coronavirus viral load in the mouth of infected individuals. They tested various brands of mouthwash, and how each brand interacted with

10/25 News Flash 6: America’s Last Line of Defense for a Safe Vaccine

10/25 News Flash 6: America’s Last Line of Defense for a Safe Vaccine

Graphic by Annie Lin. As political tension grows in the United States of America, both the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control have been undermined and politicized. This has led to a growing distrust of these

10/25 News Flash 5: How obesity could create problems for a COVID vaccine

10/25 News Flash 5: How obesity could create problems for a COVID vaccine

Graphic by Tai Michaels. From the start of the current COVID-19 pandemic, scientists have observed a consistent correlation between heightened COVID symptoms to the point of death and obesity in patients. This could arise from a myriad of factors, from

10/25 News Flash 4: COVID-19 Halts Reproductive Care for Millions of Women

10/25 News Flash 4: COVID-19 Halts Reproductive Care for Millions of Women

Sexual and reproductive healthcare is often neglected during crises. COVID-19 is no exception. The biggest threat to women’s health during the pandemic is not the virus; it is the secondary effects of the pandemic on their access to sexual and

10/25 News Flash 3: Daily Coronavirus Case Numbers Approaching Summer Levels

10/25 News Flash 3: Daily Coronavirus Case Numbers Approaching Summer Levels

Graphic by Ishani Singh. Daily coronavirus cases in the US this week are even higher than summer cases, and 14 states set record high COVID-19 hospitalizations in the past week. On Monday, October 19th, the country’s seven-day average of new

10/25 News Flash 2: Balancing Speed and Safety in the Race for a Vaccine

10/25 News Flash 2: Balancing Speed and Safety in the Race for a Vaccine

Graphic by Annie Lin. It’s the question on everyone’s minds: when will a COVID vaccine be ready? Unfortunately, the answer is not as simple as a specific date. Even vaccines on track to secure emergency FDA approval by early 2021

10/25 News Flash 1: Trustworthiness before Trust — Covid-19 Vaccine Trials and the Black Community

10/25 News Flash 1: Trustworthiness before Trust — Covid-19 Vaccine Trials and the Black Community

Graphic by Annie Lin. Low rates of trial participation in certain groups, including the Black community, spark growing concerns in the validity of vaccine trials. While the Black population represents 13% of the US population and 21% of COVID-19 deaths,

10/18 News Flash 13: COVID-19 and Psychological Distress—Changes in Internet Searches for Mental Health Issues in New York During the Pandemic

10/18 News Flash 13: COVID-19 and Psychological Distress—Changes in Internet Searches for Mental Health Issues in New York During the Pandemic

Graphic by Maria Fernanda Pacheco. Back in March, the coronavirus pandemic started to engulf the world. In hard hit locations, it seemed like the movie “Contagion” was playing in real time, with overfilled hospitals, a deficit of testing, widespread lockdowns,

10/18 News Flash 12: Scientists Develop Mortality Prediction Model Using Computational Methods

10/18 News Flash 12: Scientists Develop Mortality Prediction Model Using Computational Methods

Graphic by Tai Michaels. The coronavirus pandemic has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Because COVID-19 can manifest itself through a wide range of symptoms and complications, predicting patient mortality has been very difficult.  To

10/18 News Flash 11: The impact of News Zealand’s national response to COVID-19

10/18 News Flash 11: The impact of News Zealand’s national response to COVID-19

Graphic by Annie Lin. Earlier this year, New Zealand made the world jealous of their handling of the COVID-19 outbreak. To better understand the country’s response, Jefferies et al. charted its COVID-19 cases and deaths over five different phases of government-issued