Daniel Gerber, associate dean for academic affairs, is leading an SPHHS effort to assist the state with its COVID-19 response efforts.
Medical face masks, which have fallen into short supply during the COVID-19 pandemic, endangering both frontline health care workers and their patients, may be safely reused after sterilization, according to initial results from urgent research conducted this week by Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Richard Peltier.
We are living in unprecedented times as the rapidly evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic necessitates constant monitoring and dramatic measures to maintain the health and welfare of our campus community and our nation. This is, and will remain, our top priority.
Public Health Sciences alumna Anim Aweh ‘11 has penned a new blog post offering 5 tips to protect your mental health during COVID-19. She provides practical advice on preparation, safety, and following established publish health guidelines while still practicing self-care and compassion.
Urgent research by Associate Professor Richard Peltier is investigating whether health care providers can safely reuse protective face masks, which could slow the Covid-19 pandemic and ease a critical equipment shortage endangering medical workers and patients worldwide. The environmental health scientist is testing N95 masks in the lab to see if they are still effective at blocking infectious particles after sterilization.
Biostatistician Nicholas Reich and epidemiologist Andrew Lover are collaborating with a pair of UMass Amherst computer scientists who have invented a portable surveillance device powered by machine learning called FluSense.
SPHHS researchers including Associate Professor of Biostatistics Nicholas Reich, postdoctoral researcher Thomas McAndrew, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and infectious disease specialist Andrew Lover, and Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Richard Peltier comment in multiple news stories about the potential impact and spread of the coronavirus and faculty research in response to the pandemic.
Associate Professor Nicholas Reich, a biostatistician who directs the UMass-based Flu Forecasting Center of Excellence, was invited by the White House Coronavirus Task Force to participate in a coronavirus modeling webinar being held on Wednesday, March 18.
A new study by recent biostatistics doctoral alumnus Stephen Lauer ‘19PhD, a former member of the Reich Lab and current postdoctoral researcher at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, calculates that the median incubation period for COVID-19 is just over 5 days, and that 97.5 percent of people who develop symptoms will do so within 11.5 days of infection.
Associate Professor of Biostatistics Nicholas Reich and postdoctoral researcher Thomas McAndrew have released the latest results of a weekly survey of over 20 infectious disease modeling researchers to assess their collective expert opinion on the trajectory of the COVID-19 outbreak in the US.
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