COVID-19 Stories

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.

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omicron
Research Brief

How omicron infects cells while evading immunity

Researchers at the U of M identified the structural mechanism that may explain why omicron is so effective in infecting people, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, and suggested ways to curb its spread.

Portrait of Professor David Boulware next to stock image of a vaccine.
Expert Alert

COVID drug treatments

University of Minnesota Medical School expert David Boulware speaks about the relevance and impact of drug treatment for COVID-19

Senior woman using laptop
Research Brief

Limited social media engagement may have caused older adults to miss out on resources and support early in the pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic began in spring 2020, the federal government asked individuals to social distance from one another. In response, state, and local authorities nationwide began issuing curfews and recommendations to “shelter-in-place.” Many people worried the mental health of older adults would suffer from the negative effects of COVID-19 and social isolation. 

Woman on couch holding an iPad
Research Brief

People use Facebook as an emergency communication system during pandemic

The webpages of Facebook are a seemingly endless source of news, connection, and entertainment for billions of people. A new study from the School of Public Health (SPH) also finds that the social networking platform functioned as a kind of informal emergency broadcast system for people seeking critical information and support during the pandemic.