COVID-19 Research Working Group

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UC Davis Health expert offers family caregivers road map for navigating COVID-19

July 13, 2020

(SACRAMENTO) — COVID-19 has stressed everyone in American life, and no one is feeling the strain more than older adults – and the people who care for them.

Older people battle the constant and often heightened fear of being infected by the coronavirus. They face increased difficulties maneuvering through social distancing or isolation in their daily lives and simply of caring for themselves.

Higher temps, reduced air quality and COVID-19 are a triple threat for those with chronic lung disease

July 10, 2020
Read our tips for surviving summer 2020

(SACRAMENTO) — Summer days of high heat and poor air quality can be extremely challenging for those with COPD, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and other lung conditions. Combined with the COVID-19 pandemic and the increased likelihood of fires, extra precautions are necessary.

"It's more important than ever before to monitor the safety of your outdoor activity," said Aimee Kizziar, a respiratory therapist and pulmonary rehabilitation program supervisor at UC Davis Health.

"COVID fatigue" is hitting hard. Fighting it is hard, too, says UC Davis Health psychologist

July 07, 2020
It's time to develop coping skills, which include exercise and talking about our fears and stress.

(SACRAMENTO) — One description trending now is, “COVID fatigue.” It’s real and it’s strong.

We’re tired of being cooped up, tired of being careful, tired of being scared. Our collective fatigue is making some people careless – one reason COVID-19 is rising sharply again in California and throughout the U.S.

UC Davis experts: Science says wearing masks and social distancing slow COVID-19

July 06, 2020
Ample research on how the coronavirus spreads shows masks are crucial protection


Scientific evidence is clear: Social distancing and wearing a mask help prevent people from spreading COVID-19, and masks also protect wearers from being infected themselves, two UC Davis Health experts said on UC Davis LIVE: COVID-19.

Wanted: Field guide to coronaviruses, says UC Davis evolutionary biologist

June 29, 2020
Mapping microbes and viruses can prepare us to better fight the next COVID-19

(SACRAMENTO) — In this age of COVID-19, Jonathan Eisen says what we really need is a field guide to coronaviruses. We’ll need it when the next new dangerous virus appears, and we are not close.

Roadkill Declines as COVID-19 Continues

June 25, 2020
Thousands of Large Animals Spared Under Shelter in Place, Finds Report on Three States

Fewer wild animals, including threatened mountain lions, are becoming roadkill during shelter-in-place orders, finds a study on three states from the University of California, Davis.

Using traffic and collision data collected from California, Idaho and Maine, the researchers found that wildlife-vehicle conflict has declined by 21-56 percent from early March to mid-April, following government stay-at-home orders.

UC Davis Researchers Adapt Amyloid Technology to Catch Coronavirus

June 22, 2020

Two researchers at the University of California, Davis, are adapting their technology for amyloid-based, self-organizing protein scaffolds to combat coronavirus. They hope the technique could be used in diagnostic tests or for virus-neutralizing masks and other protective equipment.