COVID-19 Research and Advocacy at UC Berkeley Featured in the Media

COVID-19 Research and Advocacy at UC Berkeley Featured in the Media

As recently featured in the media

Recent press coverage featuring UC Berkeley researchers who are rising to meet the complex challenges of COVID-19 by addressing immediate health care and engineering challenges and considering the broad societal, economic and ethical implications. For more in-depth coverage of selected highlights please visit the COVID-19 Research and Advocacy News.


October 1, 2020
A UC Berkeley study has found several surprising insights on how COVID-19 is affecting India, a country of 1.3 billion people. The median hospital stay before death from the virus was five days, compared with two weeks in the United States,…
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September 30, 2020
A recent study shows that rampant use of the "China virus" to refer to the coronavirus, particularly by conservative outlets, had a profound impact on how those in the United States see Asian Americans. "Research suggests that when people see Asian…
September 30, 2020
Gov. Gavin Newsom's response to the COVID-19 pandemic helped put him in such good graces with California voters that his approval rating is among the highest of any governor in the past 50 years at the same point in their first term, according to a…
September 28, 2020
Overcrowded jails in states such as Montana and Missouri are experiencing COVID outbreaks. One reason for the high COVID count in jails and the low count in prisons is that states for months halted "county intakes," or the transfer of people from…
September 28, 2020
COVID-19 is especially hard on the old and frail, with 79% of the deaths attributed to the disease in the U.S. among those 65 and older and 94% among people with at least one "comorbidity" such as diabetes, dementia, obesity or hypertension. 2020 is…
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September 18, 2020
UC Berkeley professor Jennifer Doudna, one of the pioneers of the gene-editing technique known as CRISPR, thinks the biotech tool could be an essential one for combating COVID-19 and future pandemics. Due to its capacity to be "reprogrammed"…
September 11, 2020
Research exploring parental burnout has come into sharper focus during the COVID-19 pandemic as parents struggle with remote work in combination with virtual school learning for their kids, all while trying to keep everyone healthy. Dr. Barry…
September 9, 2020
How does SARS-CoV-2 raise such havoc in the body? How does our immune system handle the attack, and why are some people more susceptible that others? How do vaccines work? Listen to a far-ranging conversation with Britt Blaunsinger, a virologist…
August 25, 2020
UC Berkeley associate professor of Public Health, Justin Remais, and Public Health graduate student, Jennifer Head, discuss their examination of how school closures and reopenings can affect the spread of COVID-19. Based on computer modeling…
August 12, 2020
If California had stockpiled enough masks and other protective equipment, at least 15,800 essential workers would not have contracted COVID-19, and the state would have saved $93 million weekly on unemployment claims, according to a UC Berkeley…
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August 10, 2020
The federal government has systematically shortchanged communities with large Black populations in the distribution of billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief aid meant to help hospitals struggling to manage the effects of the pandemic, according to…
August 7, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating the development of CRISPR-based tests for detecting disease - and highlighting how gene-editing tools might one day fight pandemics, according to one of its discoverers, Jennifer Doudna, biochemistry…