COVID-19
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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 or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • A general feeling of being unwell

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.

Timeline:

Prevention

CDC prevention poster for COVID-19

Select the graphic to download the poster.

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 919-966-2281 (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m & 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.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • A general feeling of being unwell

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:

More Dr. Sheahan in the news

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.

Dr. Weber in the news:


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:

More Dr. Aiello in the news and 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.

Check out Dr. Thomas’ Pandemic Ethics Dashboard – Public health is constantly straddling the importance of individual rights and the good of the community. In a pandemic, the choices often become more urgent and more difficult. A few key documents summarize the consensus on ethical public health actions in a pandemic. This dashboard helps you find what these documents recommend.

Dr. Thomas in the news

More Dr. Thomas in the news and 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:

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Twitter: @kim_powers


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 the public pandemic response.

Dr. Devlin in the news:


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.

Mr. Gentry in the news:


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 the 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 and research publications:

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

Twitter: @AunPalmquist


Dr. Turpin

Dr. Turpin

Barbara J. Turpin, PhD, Professor and Chair of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Dr. Turpin is an aerosol scientist who conducts research linking human exposures via airborne fine particles (aerosols) back to their sources in the indoor and outdoor environment, often through chemical and physical transformations. She is conducting research to understand the airborne spread of COVID-19 and is one of 239 signatories on a letter to the World Health Organization about the potential for airborne transmission of COVID-19. Dr. Turpin is a Past President of the American Association for Aerosol Research, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for Aerosol Research.  She is a Professor and Chair of the UNC Gillings Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering.

Dr. Turpin in the news:


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.

Dr. Fisher in the news:


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 and 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 non-governmental organizations in the COVID-19 response.

Dr. Meier articles and chapters related to the pandemic:

More Dr. Meier in the news

Twitter: @BenjaminMMeier


Dr. Noble

Rachel Noble, PhD, Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Dr. Noble is the Mary and Watts Hill Jr. Distinguished Faculty member at the Institute of Marine Sciences, and she holds joint faculty appointments in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering within Gillings, as well as the Department of Marine Sciences and the Institute for the Environment. Dr Noble’s research program is focused on viral and bacterial pathogens in water, wastewater, stormwater, and food (including shellfish). Dr. Noble is currently working on multiple aspects of COVID-19 research.  She is working with a national team to quantify SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater, including rural systems such as package treatment plants and septic systems. Through this collaborative work, it is hoped that the project team can work to identify ways that viral pathogen concentrations in sewage can serve as tracers for community transmission and infections, as well as to identify times where risk exists to the public from failing infrastructure. The second area of research is to advance the technology for quantifying SARS-CoV-2 in a range of different areas including wastewater, stormwater, through developing accurate diagnostic tools, we will be able to demonstrate the disappearance of the pathogens as we hope, over time, transition back to normal activities. A third, very exciting area of her work is to collaborate with faculty in the Carolina Population Center in the area of rural disease transmission to use spatial and demographic information to better predict the dynamics of disease transmission in rural systems.

Dr. Noble in the news:


Our Students and Alumni Respond

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health students and alumni from across disciplines are working tirelessly to put learning into action in the face of a global health crisis.

Read more about what they are doing below:

Alumni Spotlight

First-generation student experiences, challenges and insights during COVID-19

Moderator: Yesenia Merino, PhD, MPH

Panelists: Stefani Baca-Atlas, MSW; Dawna Jones, MEd, MSW; Maria Dykema Erb, MEd

Watch the Webinar

Pandemic Protection for People who are Incarcerated

Moderator: Dana Rice, DrPH

Panelists: Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD; Bernadette E. Brown, J.D.; Amber Akemi Piatt, MPH

Watch the Webinar

What have we learned from the past? What is COVID-19 teaching us?

The Emergency Preparedness, Ethics and Equity Series will explore how we can continue to foster inclusive excellence and health equity during the most turbulent of times. Speakers will explore ways to consistently apply culturally relevant, ethical and equitable decision-making so that the most vulnerable among us are not left further disenfranchised post-COVID-19.

Watch the Webinar

Building COVID-19 Research Collaborations Webinar Series:

Kids and COVID: Overview, Epidemiology, and Public Health Implications of the COVID-19 pandemic among the youngest of us

Speakers: Whitney Robinson, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Aunchalee Palmquist, Assistant Professor, Department of Maternal and Child Health

Drs. Palmquist and Robinson discuss their intersecting interests in COVID-19 and kids. Dr. Palmiquist focuses on the representation of children as vectors in the perinatal and postnatal periods. Dr. Robinson discusses the epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 infection in children and implications for public health.

Watch the Webinar

Social distancing privilege and real-time message testing in North Carolina

SPEAKERS: Nabarun Dasgupta, Senior Research Scientist, Injury Prevention Research Center & Allison Lazard, Assistant Professor, Hussman School of Journalism and Media

Dr. Nabarun Dasgupta share what recent smartphone mobility data reveal about the social distancing privilege gap. Dr. Allison Lazard presents results of weekly message testing to encourage social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. They discuss implications for policy and the development of a rapid response workflow to harness emergent media.

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Changing your shoes while riding a bicycle during a hurricane: developing COVID-19 models on a policy timeline

SPEAKERS: Mark Holmes, Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management & Kim Powers, Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology.

Drs. Holmes and Powers share their expertise and experiences in developing rapid-response COVID research. • Building epidemic models on accelerated timelines • Standing up a multi-site collaborative of co-investigators who have never met • Developing and communicating evidence to inform urgent policy decisions

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Ethics Webinars:

Rethinc. Labs — Data Privacy in the Era of COVID-19 — Contact Tracing: Privacy vs. Protection

Governments around the globe are exploring how to leverage technology and data analytics to enable effective contact tracing to stem the spread of COVID-19. UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Professor of Operations Jay Swaminathan hosts a panel of experts to explore how developers, corporations, regulators and consumer advocates are thinking about the impact of integrating this technology in response to the pandemic.

Panelists include IBM Watson IoT VP of Offering Management Stephan Biller; the Heritage Foundations's Center for Technology Policy Director Klon Kitchen; the Future of Privacy Forum CEO Jules Polonetsky and UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Associate Professor and Carolina Population Center MEASURE Evaluation Project Director Jim Thomas.

Watch the video

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.

Watch the Conversation

Coronavirus Seminar:

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

COVID-19: Share your story

Are you a Gillings researcher or practitioner working on the coronavirus pandemic response?
Share your story with us.


Resources for Students, Staff and Faculty

Select student, staff or faculty below to review the compiled resources for each.

Student Resources
Staff Resources
Faculty Research Resources
Student Resource
Description
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.
Available to assist students who have been affected by unexpected expenses and circumstances.
Provides emergency support for various expenses, such as housing, food, travel and technology to students who are unable to meet unexpected financial burdens due to COVID-19. Undergraduate and graduate students who would like to be considered for funding from the Carolina Student Impact Fund should complete this request.
To support terminal master's and doctoral students who had arranged paid internships/practica/experiential learning/non-service fellowship opportunities in summer 2020 that have been canceled due to COVID-19. The program is open to full-time, degree-seeking terminal master's and doctoral students in residential programs. Awards will be made up to $5,000 on a first-come, first serve basis and will be limited.
Students who need help managing anxiety or depression can contact Counseling and Psychological Services at 919-966-3658 to schedule a telehealth appointment.
We are providing information that is neither exclusive nor exhaustive. We are not endorsing any specific sites or agencies but rather providing them as a starting point for you to explore and investigate on their own.
We are providing information that is neither exclusive nor exhaustive. We are not endorsing any specific sites or agencies but rather providing them as a starting point for you to explore and investigate on their own.
Tools for coping in crisis or in any time. Check out videos and PDFs to get you started.
Staff Resource
Description
UNC Frequently Asked Questions for faculty and staff around the COVID-19 pandemic.
As we navigate the work/life changes brought on by the COVID-19 virus, we recognize that many of our faculty, staff and student employees have questions regarding the University’s protocol and policies. To help you with these concerns, the FAQs will provide answers and resources.
From financial pressures to workplace stress and family issues, life can be challenging. If you need help, the UNC-Chapel Hill Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available. The EAP is a confidential counseling and resource program that is designed to help University employees and their families deal with both personal and work-related concerns.
As part of our ongoing commitment to the health and wellness of employees, the University offers a variety of programs focused on healthy lifestyles and balancing the responsibilities of work and personal life.
We are providing information that is neither exclusive nor exhaustive. We are not endorsing any specific sites or agencies but rather providing them as a starting point for you to explore and investigate on their own.
We are providing information that is neither exclusive nor exhaustive. We are not endorsing any specific sites or agencies but rather providing them as a starting point for you to explore and investigate on their own.
Tools for coping in crisis or in any time. Check out videos and PDFs to get you started.
In preparation for unplanned events, such as inclement weather and public health situations, ITS sends out information intended to help you plan and prepare for alternate work arrangements. Now is a great time to ensure that the tools you may need to work from home or an alternative location are ready to go.
See slides and videos from prior Faculty and Staff Meetings.
We are sad to have to cancel in-person classes for the next few weeks, but we are happy to offer three 30-minute gentle yoga online classes. See the webpage for more details on times and how to join the class!
Faculty Research Resource
Description
Plans to Scale Up Research on UNC Campus: Direction and guidance for all on-campus research at UNC.
Message from Gillings Associate Dean for Research to Gillings Faculty Members
In this webpage we provide two sections: General advice on workplace practices and Guidance for the development of a lab safety plan
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.
For researchers conducting studies remotely due to COVID-19, the NC TraCS CaSE team offers tips and tools for conducting qualitative data collection remotely. When conducting remote qualitative data collection, the basic principles of in-person interviewing and focus group facilitation apply. Unique considerations for remote qualitative data collection are discussed below. For questions, additional information, or support, please contact us at engagement.nctracs@unc.edu.
Includes resources for making protective equipment & supplies

Returning to Gillings

Please visit the Return to Campus Roadmap webpage for the most up-to-date information about returning to campus.