A number of cities across the country have been using regular testing of sewage to spot genetic signs of COVID-19 and other diseases. The process, called wastewater surveillance, gives municipalities an edge in responding to […]
Are Researchers Closer to Understanding Who is at Risk of Hospitalization From COVID-19?
What lessons have researchers learned about what makes someone more vulnerable to more severe COVID-19 if they become infected, and how can this improve care for patients with the disease? Some answers may be found in a study published in The Lancet’s eBioMedicine that offers some important insights into characteristics that are linked with more severe COVID cases, as well as those suffering from post-acute sequelae of COVID-19, commonly termed “long COVID.”
COVID-19 Supply Chain Issues Causing ‘Never-Events’ to Happen in Hospitals
Karen Goldschmidt, PhD, and Kelsey Stasko, of the College Nursing and Health Professions, discuss the global supply chain issues during COVID-19 at a rural children’s hospital.
Q+A: How Does Working from Home Change the Way We Use and Conserve Energy?
Architectural engineering expert Simi Hoque explains how the pandemic has affected our energy use and how to conserve energy when working from home.
Q+A: The Value of Measuring What’s in the Air We’re Breathing – Both Outside and Inside
Ezra Wood, PhD, a professor in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences and an expert in outdoor air pollution and atmospheric chemistry, co-authored a study published in Environmental Science and Technology about air pollution in Philadelphia.
Q+A: How Can We Persuade Organ Donors to Vaccinate Against COVID-19?
More than 150 million Americans – 46% of the country – has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 36% of the country’s population is fully vaccinated. Despite very rare side effects, public health officials consider vaccines to be effective at preventing severe illness and be the ticket to something resembling pre-pandemic life.haryha
Q+A: How Will COVID-19 Change Building Ventilation Standards?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated guidance to acknowledge that COVID-19 is primarily being spread through the air we breathe. While research has indicated as much for quite some time, the formal […]
The Pandemic Will End, but We’re Probably Stuck with the Coronavirus
Many scientists believe that SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, will become “endemic.” It will seasonally circulate in a similar fashion to the other common respiratory viruses, such as those that cause the common cold or flu. If this bears out, there will not be a true end to the pandemic (with accompanying ticker tape parade down Broad Street), but a gradual transition, to an illness that we will have to live with.
Drexel Medicine and Public Health Experts on the Pulse of COVID-19
As the world continues to grapple with the ongoing pandemic, Drexel University’s College of Medicine and Dornsife School of Public Health experts sorted out what the research community has learned thus far and what questions […]
Big Ideas for Small Businesses Hit by COVID-19
The COVID-19 crisis is on course to be the greatest economic shock since the Great Depression. Experts have identified significant challenges, sparked by the pandemic, for small businesses, which are often the heart of local […]