School of Public Health COVID-19 Research, Programs and Media

Photo of mom and child with masks on a plane. Experts recommend avoiding the aisle seat, keeping masks on the entire flight, and sitting near the back of the plane. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Is it worth the risk? A guide to navigating holiday travel during the pandemic

The holiday season is quickly approaching and many are eager to spend long-awaited time with loved ones to end a challenging year. But the critical question underlying travel during the COVID-19 pandemic lingers: Is it safe?

Photo of two nurses preparing for drive-thru testing at UT Physicians-Victory. Photo by Maricruz Kwon, UTHealth.

$5 million NIH grant awarded to reduce COVID-19-related disparities in vulnerable populations

To help reduce COVID-19-related health disparities in vulnerable populations in Texas, a multi-institutional team of researchers led by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) will identify disease hotspots and testing deserts in three racially diverse areas, and then develop and evaluate intervention strategies to increase COVID-19 testing.

Photo of UTHealth researchers and physicians, from left, Luis Ostrosky, MD; Bela Patel, MD; and Henry Wang, MD, MPH, are leading clinical trials on COVID-19. (Photo by Maricruz Kwon/UTHealth)

First Houston post-coronavirus clinic part of new UTHealth COVID-19 Center of Excellence

Bringing together expertise and access to the best clinical care, research trials, discovery science, and public health knowledge, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has established the UTHealth COVID-19 Center of Excellence.

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Getting the word out: Working with community partners to build a pandemic communication strategy

People obtain information about important issues in different ways—it’s a fact that teams with UTHealth School of Public Health’s Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences confront constantly in their research programs and community outreach.

The search for IgG: What you need to know about antibody testing

Photo of physician conducting antibody research, as researchers say antibody testing will play an important role in navigating decisions on reopening the country safely. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

April 28, 2020

As officials consider how to reopen the country safely, researchers say antibody testing will play an important role in navigating those future decisions. But not all antibody tests are created equal, and the presence of antibodies doesn’t necessarily equate to COVID-19 immunity.

Public health experts explain what our new normal will look like

A woman wearing a mask prepares to open up her business. Photo by Getty Images.

April 21, 2020

As local, state, and national government leaders release guidelines on reopening businesses and returning to a “new normal” during the COVID-19 pandemic, public health and infectious disease experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) say a gradual, cautious return would be the most effective.

Tracking COVID-19: New research app will help trace the spread of the virus

COVID Symptom Tracker app

April 15, 2020

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the U.S., a new free research app is hoping to slow the outbreak of the disease by tracking symptoms of millions across the country. To bring the app home to Texans, researchers at UTHealth have joined the national research project led by Harvard University.

How to encourage healthy eating for the body and mind during stay-at-home orders

Photo of Wesley McWhorter, MS, RD, preparing food with Laura Moore, MEd, RD, and students watching (Photo by Terry Vine)

April 8, 2020

Stay-at-home orders from government officials due to the COVID-19 pandemic have forced us to quickly adapt to a new normal, especially when it comes to eating. Restaurant dining rooms are closed, grocery shopping can be challenging, many parents are tasked with serving meals while working from home, and families who relied on school meals are now left to provide them since schools closed.

COVID-19 just a problem for elderly people, right? Think again.

A photo of a crowded beach. Photo by Getty Images.

March 24, 2020

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging all Americans – and now especially young adults – to avoid crowded spaces and gatherings of 10 people or more, and to continue practicing social distancing. Experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) echo that message.

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