COVID-19 Research Working Group

Leading Coronavirus Research


Latina Mothers, Often Essential Workers, Report COVID-19 Took Financial, Psychological Toll

January 08, 2021

More than half of Latina mothers surveyed in Yolo and Sacramento counties reported making economic cutbacks in response to the pandemic shutdown last spring — saying they bought less food and missed rent payments. Even for mothers who reported receiving the federal stimulus payment during this time, these hardships were not reduced, University of California, Davis, researchers found in a recent study.

Next Generation of Combined COVID-19 and Flu Test Rolls Out

January 08, 2021

UC Davis Health has expanded its ability to test for both COVID-19 and flu viruses at the same time, rolling out a high-volume combined test that can run hundreds of tests daily — with “gold-standard” results returned often in 24 hours or less.

Vaccine Myths on Social Media Can Be Effectively Reduced With Credible Fact Checking

January 07, 2021

Social media misinformation can negatively influence people’s attitudes about vaccine safety and effectiveness, but credible organizations — such as research universities and health institutions — can play a pivotal role in debunking myths with simple tags that link to factual information, University of California, Davis, researchers, suggest in a new study.

Researchers found that fact-check tags located immediately below or near a post can generate more positive attitudes toward vaccines than misinformation alone, and perceived source expertise makes a difference.