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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Research Brief

COVID-19 deaths during core pandemic years were likely under-counted

The number of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. may have been under-counted during the first two years of the pandemic. A new study from the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, Boston University and University of Pennsylvania, published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, shows about 1.2 million excess deaths, meaning more natural-cause deaths than would have been expected, in the pandemic’s first 30 months.

Illustration of a person pulling a very large COVID-19 molecule behind them.
Talking with U of M

Talking long COVID with U of M

Three years since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, many are still dealing with ongoing effects from COVID-19 infections. Dr. Farha Ikramuddin discusses long COVID and the research she and others are doing at the University surrounding it.

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.