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.


July 28, 2020
A handful of labs in the Bay Area, including ones at UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley are working to gain a better understanding of how the coronavirus behaves by doing basic research with the live virus. The safety protocol is intimidating,…
July 22, 2020
Child care programs throughout the state are facing unimaginable financial burdens due to the pandemic. Some have closed permanently while others are on edge, unable to pay the rent and lacking money to buy snacks and cleaning supplies. A new…
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July 21, 2020
Three UC Berkeley health experts discuss recent reports of employee COVID-19 infections at Berkeley Bowl, Whole Foods and other local businesses. "As long as customers are wearing a mask and staying more than six feet away from employees (who…
July 17, 2020
With the pandemic surging across the country, more and more communities are keeping watch for the virus in wastewater. Yosemite National Park, once a safe haven from the coronavirus, recently found the virus in the park's raw sewage system. A…
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July 14, 2020
With COVID-19 cases rising in the U.S. and the economic outlook bleak, it can be difficult not to slide into despair. Dr. Rick Hanson, a senior fellow at the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley discusses ways…
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July 13, 2020
Outdoor educational experiences cannot be replicated inside the classroom, but the pandemic is endangering countless outdoor education programs across the United States. According to a recent policy brief by University of California, Berkeley's…
July 13, 2020
In the first weeks of the pandemic, as a shortage of testing kits, narrow testing criteria, and spotty contact tracing impacted California's ability to react to COVID-19, the virus continued to spread with lightning rapidity. Meanwhile, at UC…
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July 9, 2020
What will it take to get macho men to wear masks? A recent study by UC Berkeley and Middlesex University London found that men are more likely to go out without a mask because they find them uncool, shameful, and a sign of weakness. Montana…
July 2, 2020
Face masks are a fact of life, at least for now. How do you choose one without being too hard on the environment? Cloth masks seems to have the least environmental impact. Mark Nicas, an adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley…
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July 2, 2020
Scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, have begun trials of a new spit test for COVID-19 infections developed by the university's Innovative Genomics Institute. Since the disease was first identified on U.S. shores, the…
July 1, 2020
UC Berkeley researchers announced Tuesday they have begun trials of a saliva test for COVID-19 that would eliminate the need for taking painful nasal swabs. The announcement came from researchers with the Innovative Genomics Institute — the…
June 29, 2020
A 60 Minutes investigation revealed that federal officials knew many of the antibody tests suddenly flooding the market were seriously flawed, but continued to allow them to be sold anyway. In early March, Dr. Alex Marson of UC San Francisco, and…