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This webpage provides useful links and up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic, including the work Gillings School experts are doing.

What We Know

The official name of the virus itself is “severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus 2” or SARS-CoV-2. The official name for the coronavirus disease is “coronavirus disease in 2019” or COVID-19.

According to the CDC, symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure.

Currently, there is no proven effective therapy for COVID-19 – only supportive therapy is available.



CDC prevention poster for COVID-19

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There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

The CDC recommends following the same guidelines as flu prevention:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

What to do if you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19

If you have traveled to an area that has been affected by COVID-19 and are exhibiting the following symptoms, call Campus Health at 919-966-6603 (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or 919-966-6573 (Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.); faculty or staff can call the University Employee Occupational Health Clinic at 919-966-9119 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or their healthcare provider. Please call these offices before showing up in person and let them know your travel history and symptoms.

  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • A general feeling of being unwell

According to the CDC, symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days after exposure.

Our Faculty Experts

Coronavirus Affects Everyone: The Gillings School Responds

Select a faculty expert below to read articles related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ralph Baric, PhD, William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology

Dr. Ralph Baric

Dr. Baric

Dr. Baric conducts research in emerging infections, virus pathogenesis, drug and vaccine development. He has presented at numerous National Academy of Science meetings as well as various institutes under the National Institutes of Health organization. With more than thirty patents addressing critical advances in coronavirus research and other drug development, he has represented United States researchers at the Royal Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Baric in the news:

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Twitter: @Baric_Lab

Timothy Sheahan, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Dr. Timothy Sheahan

Dr. Sheahan

Dr. Sheahan examines the host-pathogen interface in order to discover new methods for viral control. For the past 12 years, Dr. Sheahan has been studying the molecular mechanisms of viral pathogenesis in hopes of discovering viral and/or host proteins to target for antiviral therapy. Dr. Sheahan works closely with Dr. Ralph Baric on coronavirus.

Dr. Sheahan in the news:

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Twitter: @timothysheahan

Lisa Gralinski, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Dr. Lisa Gralinksi

Dr. Gralinksi

Dr. Gralinski studies coronavirus pathogenesis. Her work focuses on identifying susceptibility alleles that regulate SARS coronavirus disease mechanisms and immunity. She is particularly interested in the role of human genetics in shaping the immune response following infection and leading to complications, like acute respiratory distress. Dr. Gralinski works closely with Dr. Ralph Baric on coronavirus.

Dr. Gralinski in the news:

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Twitter: @LisaGralinski

David Jay Weber, MD, Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine

Dr. David Weber

Dr. Weber

Dr. Weber serves as the medical director of hospital epidemiology (infection control), Associate Chief Medical Officer, UNC Hospitals, and as director of the UNC Health Care Anti – Infective Stewardship. Dr. Weber’s research focuses on hospital-associated (nosocomial) infections especially antibiotic-resistant pathogens, surveillance, disinfection and sterilization, nosocomial pneumonia, hand hygiene, and outbreak investigations. He is particularly interested in new and emerging diseases, and vaccine implementation.

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Allison Aiello, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology

Dr. Allison Aiello

Dr. Aiello

Dr. Aiello’s research examines social, behavioral and biological factors that have an impact on infectious diseases and health conditions throughout life. She explores the role of social determinants – e.g., education, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, neighborhood-level stressors, and workplace or school policies – on health outcomes. In particular, Dr. Aiello’s research examines antibiotic use, vaccination rates, infectious disease transmission, diagnostic testing, and infectious disease prevention.

Dr. Aiello in the news:

Dr. Aiello articles related to prevention of infectious disease

Rachel Graham, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Rachel Graham

Dr. Graham

Dr. Graham examines emerging infectious diseases, specifically SARS and coronavirus. She uses basic science techniques to examine host receptors and disease transmission to identify potential candidates for epidemic surveillance and preventive measures against these deadly infectious diseases. Dr. Graham works closely with Dr. Ralph Baric on coronavirus.

Dr. Graham in the news:

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James Thomas, PhD, Associate Professor of Epidemiology

Dr. Jim Thomas

Dr. Thomas

Dr. Thomas serves as director of the MEASURE Evaluation Project and oversees MEASURE’s global efforts to improve evidence-based decision-making in public health. He is an expert on pandemic ethics and has a particular interest in how public health ethics varies across cultures.

Dr. Thomas in the news

Dr. Thomas articles related to pandemic ethics

Twitter: @jcthomasphd

Kimberly Powers, PhD, Associate Professor of Epidemiology

Kimberly Powers

Dr. Powers

Dr. Powers uses epidemiological, statistical and mathematical modeling methods to study infectious disease transmission. Watch the seminar on Coronavirus Outbreak: Biology, Epidemiology and Public Health Response held on March 3 below (begin at 23:00 mark) to see her summary of current mathematical modeling efforts to understand novel coronavirus spread.

Dr. Powers in the news:

Dr. Devlin

Dr. Devlin

Leah Devlin, DDS, Professor of the Practice

Dr. Devlin has more than 30 years in public health practice in North Carolina including 10 years as the Wake County Health Director and 10 years as the State Health Director for North Carolina. She is helping the Office of NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen with public pandemic response.

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Mr. Gentry

Bill Gentry, MPA, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management

Mr. Gentry, a disaster management expert, worked for the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management for more than 15 years before coming to UNC. He has joined both UNC and the Gillings School’s COVID-19 working groups and is supporting the University’s emergency operations center.

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Dr. Palmquist

Dr. Palmquist

Aunchalee Palmquist, PhD, Assistant Professor of Maternal and Child Health

Dr. Palmquist studies infant and young child feeding in emergencies and other situations of extreme adversity. She is the lead for the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute’s (CGBI) Lactation and Infant Feeding in Emergencies (L.I.F.E.)™ Initiative. She serves as a CGBI representative on the WHO/UNICEF Global Breastfeeding Collective, the Emergency Nutrition Network IFE Core Group, and the CORE group Humanitarian-Development Task Force. Dr. Palmquist is spearheading efforts to strengthen implementation of recommended infant feeding practices and COVID-19 through the new United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) COVID-19 Infant & Young Child Feeding Constellation.

Dr. Palmquist in the news:

Dr. Palmquist, as a CGBI representative on the ENN IFE Core Group Steering Committee, helped draft:

Research Survey: Infant feeding during the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic (USA)

Twitter: @AunPalmquist

Dr. Fisher

Dr. Fisher

Michael Fisher, PhD, Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Dr. Fisher develops, evaluates, and applies technologies and methods for addressing under-recognized health concerns in water and sanitation, both in the US and internationally. His research contributes to a greater understanding of the determinants of effective and beneficial water and sanitation service delivery, and to innovations and evidence that can be used to improve these services.

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Dr. Meier

Dr. Meier

Benjamin Mason Meier, JD, LLM, PhD, Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management

Dr. Meier is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Policy and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy & Management.  His interdisciplinary research—at the intersection of international law, public policy, and global health—examines human rights frameworks for global health policy.  Advancing legal frameworks for public health, he is working closely as a consultant to international organizations, national governments, and nongovernmental organizations in the COVID-19 response.

Dr. Meier articles and chapters related to the pandemic:

Resources for Students

UNC-Chapel Hill has established a student care hub to support you, our students, as you navigate the impact of these extraordinary circumstances. Here, you will find a place to learn more about financial resources, academic support, and health and wellness information, as well as a place to connect with those across the university that can help when needed.
Frequently asked questions for currently enrolled international degree-seeking and exchange students. Due to the rapidly evolving situation, this information is subject to change. Please also continue monitoring and referring to emails from ISSS. Contact your ISSS advisor with questions.

Resources for Faculty

UNC Research has compiled a list of COVID-19 funding opportunities
InfoEd Global is proud to be able to share this library of COVID-19 funding opportunities and resources with our colleagues in the research realm and the broader community at large.
LitCovid is a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus.
The NIH is deeply concerned for the health and safety of people involved in NIH research, and about the effects on the biomedical enterprise in the areas affected by the HHS declared public health emergency for COVID-19. Due to the potential exceptional impact, we want to assure our recipient community that NIH will be doing our part to help you continue your research.
Coronavirus news, funding and resources for global health researchers
Only on the basis of clearly presented and well-documented data can governments, organizations and individuals hope to respond appropriately to the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of our work here is to present the best available data and clarify what can – and can not be said – based on this data.


Ethics Around the Table: Jim Thomas, "Ethical Pandemic Control"

A conversation in the Parr Center's Ethics Around the Table (EAT) series, hosted via Zoom on April 3, 2020. Jim Thomas, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, discusses the components of ethical pandemic response and demos a forthcoming online "dashboard" of ethical decision-making resources for policy makers, governments, and other officials responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. These resources have developed by the Gillings School of Global Public Health in collaboration with other units and centers at UNC Chapel Hill.

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Watch UNC Gillings School of Public Health’s Seminar on Coronavirus Outbreak: Biology, Epidemiology and Public Health Response held on March 3, 2020.

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