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COVID-19: Stories, Insights, Expertise

Whether you're a community member, one of our alumni, or a University of Minnesota student, here you’ll find stories, insights, and expertise to support you during the COVID-19 crisis.

COVID-19 Updates

For the latest Covid-19 updates for students, faculty, and staff, visit our Safe Campus page.

COVID-19 Clinical Trials

Sign up and learn about trials of drugs for COVID-19 treatments by University of Minnesota physicians. Learn the facts about testing for the virus that causes COVID-19.

Donate to Covid-19 relief funds

The U of M has a number of ways you can contribute COVID-19 relief to our students and front-line medical personnel. Give.

Kristin Lunz Trujillo

Battling misinformation when health is at stake

PhD candidate Kristin Lunz Trujillo is confronting society's issues surrounding misinformation through her research.
twin-cities.umn.edu/node/381101
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
07/28/2020

COVID-19 Podcasts

Health in All Matters

Listen to episodes from the School of Public Health's weekly podcast series "COVID-19: When a pandemic sweeps the modern world."

Listen to the Podcasts

CIDRAP COVID-19 Podcast

From "How We Got Here" to "Smart Testing," listen to all of the timely podcasts from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.

Listen to the Podcasts

Experts

U of M experts offer insights, expertise, and support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are just some of the faculty and staff involved in these efforts.

  • Photo of Regents Professor Michael Osterholm
    Regents Professor, School of Public Health, Twin Cities
    Expertise:

    Infectious diseases; the spread of diseases; vaccines; bioterrorism; influenza; global disease outbreaks.

  • Melissa Kenney
    Associate Director for Knowledge Initiatives, Institute on the Environment, Twin Cities
    Expertise:

    Conceptual modeling and decision structuring; indicators; systems analysis; multi-attribute methods; evaluation of decision support to address environmental policy decisions.

  • Ryan Demmer
    Associate Professor, School of Public Health, Twin Cities
    Expertise:

    National ventilator shortage; general population spread and epidemiology; impacts of a shelter in place order; cardiometabolic diseases, including diabetes, atherosclerotic vascular disease, and congestive heart failure; role of the human microbiome in diseases.

  • Mark Osborn headshot
    Assistant Professor, Medical School, Twin Cities
    Expertise:

    Creating a rapid field test for COVID-19; enabling testing without special lab equipment; gene and cellular therapy; utilizing a patient’s own cells for precision gene targeting; genome editing.

  • Paul Olin
    Professor and Interim Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, School of Dentistry, Twin Cities
    Expertise:

    Safety of oral health providers and patients; mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and other viral infections during dental appointments.

  • Jeff Bender
    Professor, School of Public Health, Twin Cities
    Expertise:

    Public health preparedness; farmer and farm worker safety; farmer mental health; zoonotic diseases.

Supporting You and Your Community

The U of M offers resources to support the well-being of individuals, families, and communities during this challenging time.

  • Diagram of the different cuts of beef

    Having a variety of meat cuts on hand is a convenience that can save your family money. To help you know what you’re getting when buying meat in bulk through a local farmer or butcher, U of M Extension's livestock team has created charts for beef, pork, and lamb.

  • farmer resources for COVID-19

    COVID-19 identification, virology, and transmission; keeping workers, families, and rural communities safe; what ag producers need to know; resources in English and Spanish.

  • Illustration of woman in fetal position with long flowing hair and sad expression

    Health and well-being resources for health professionals, business leaders, students, and members of all communities.

  • Man walking in field during dusk

    Dealing with stress; supporting food security; managing income loss; helping farmers; leading communities online.

  • Ribbon-like red sculpture on U of M campus

    Kid-friendly activities, virtual WAM exhibit tours, livestream studio visits.

We are #UMNproud

Share your #UMNproud moments during this challenging time helps to remind us of the strength and resilience of the University of Minnesota community.

Educational Videos

Alternate Care Sites Introduction Video

A new way for local communities to provide care, in a non-hospital setting, for those who become ill during the COVID-19 pandemic. View flyer for staff and volunteers.

Earn CEU/CPH Recertification Credit

Don’t Kid with Covid-19

How you can prevent the spread of COVID-19. Short videos from M Health Fairview.

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