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Year in Review: COVID-19 Content

Amid the rapidly evolving landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the U-M community had many questions about the virus, how to slow the spread, and what the long term impacts would be. With schools transitioning to remote learning, small businesses trying to find ways to remain open in a safe manner, and the new virtual formats in which we began interacting with one another, there have been a lot of new situations to navigate in an unprecedented time. 

Faculty from across the University of Michigan have been conducting research in those areas of society that the coronavirus has impacted the most to help our communities through education, outreach, and advocacy. Since March, experts from a wide array of U-M schools and colleges have provided informative analysis of areas affected by COVID-19 shared through 90 articles on the Public Engagement website, 60 episodes of the Michigan Minds podcast focused on COVID-19 research, and more than 800 social media posts about the virus and pandemic.

Here are some of the most viewed, listened to, and shared posts about COVID-19: 

COLLABORATION AND INNOVATION 

Keeping the entire U-M community safe and healthy has been the top priority this year. Through diligent mitigation strategies, reliable testing, and continuous potential case monitoring, all members of the campus community can continue to effectively contribute to slowing the spread of the virus.

 

POP-UP TESTING 

One COVID-19 intervention from University Health Service (UHS), in consultation with the Washtenaw County Health Department, was to rapidly create a “pop-up” site to test all students residing in areas that were identified as the primary location of clusters.

 

TAKING CARE OF MAIZE & BLUE

In a continuous effort to provide the best campus experience possible in the context, Wolverines made a commitment to care for ourselves and to be respectful of our impact on the health of others.

 

COVID-19 AND DRUG THERAPIES 

When COVID-19 began spreading through the US, researchers rapidly began identifying and screening drugs that could be effective as therapeutic interventions.

 

IMPACTS OF THE PANDEMIC 

U-M researchers are continuously examining local governments throughout Michigan to understand long-term impact and lasting challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic and so they can provide resources and strategies to help guide them through the challenging times.