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.


March 1, 2021
Putting the oldest people near the front of the line for COVID-19 shots will save more lives and may extend their lifespan, too, researchers say. The new study findings challenge the view that older people should be lower on the list for shots…
February 16, 2021
How have school districts dealt with the coronavirus pandemic? David Kirp, a professor of public policy at UC Berkeley, has completed a new book, "Greater Expectations," about three school districts and how they have responded to the…
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February 16, 2021
In low-income countries, identifying people who have fallen on hard times due to the pandemic is no easy task. Governments don't have good data about who is poor. Togo turned to artificial intelligence: a computer program that dives into data to…
February 9, 2021
Even in the richest countries in the world, the pandemic has devastated millions. Developing countries have faced the same challenges with far fewer resources to absorb them with. How have their people fared? A new paper aims to solve that problem…
February 8, 2021
In a mere five months, a modest, 1,200-square-foot "pop up" testing lab at the University of California, Berkeley, has been transformed into one of the country's only high-throughput facilities for measuring COVID-19 viruses in sewage water…
January 26, 2021
Researchers trying to improve health care with artificial intelligence usually subject their algorithms to a form of machine med school. Software learns from doctors by digesting thousands or millions of x-rays or other data labeled by expert humans…
January 26, 2021
Researchers are eyeing another step in the virus-building pipeline: the generation of virus genes, before they are packaged into their protein capsules. Carlos Bustamante, a biophysicist at the University of California, Berkeley, is set on…
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January 19, 2021

The COVID-19 virus can be picked up in wastewater before it's found in a clinical setting and researchers in a new study say this could be really useful for tracking new mutations of the virus, like the B.1.17 strain that is now widespread in the…

January 12, 2021
Bay Area researchers believe a new device has the potential to ramp up the fight against COVID-19. It's designed to diagnose the virus in a fraction of the time, with the help of something you may have in your pocket. All it takes is a marriage of…
January 7, 2021
California's Santa Rita jail is in the midst of a second COVID-19 outbreak since the pandemic began. "We're testing people who come into the jail and then we're testing people two weeks after they've been in the jail," said spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly…
December 10, 2020
As chair-person of California's COVID-19 Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, UC Berkeley professor of epidemiology and biostatistics Arthur Reingold and his team of health experts are tasked with double checking the work of the FDA and CDC…
December 9, 2020
In two American breadbasket communities, Moorefield, W. Va., and Salinas, Calif.,, small farmers and ranchers have been left to improvise as their markets swivel and contract. In its early months considered an urban problem, the coronavirus has been…
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