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Vaccines Without Vials, Fridges, or Needles

June 19, 2020

LCID Researcher Dr. Maria Croyle and her team have developed a vaccine preparation technique that both imparts temperature stability and allows easy administration.

To overcome the issue of temperature sensitivity, some vaccines are freeze-dried, a process known as lyophilization, and transported as powders. But, says Maria Croyle, a pharmacologist at the University of Texas at Austin, in some instances the stability of lyophilized vaccines is less than ideal. For instance, some can be

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A health worker takes a blood sample for a COVID-19 antibody test in Los Angeles on May 20, 2020. (AP)

How helpful can herd immunity be in ending the coronavirus pandemic?

June 4, 2020
When asked about factors that affect viral infectiousness in a recent PolitiFact email interview, Dr. Jaquelin P. Dudley, Associate Director of the LaMontagne Center for Infectious Disease states: 

"Viruses, particularly ones with a fatty layer called an envelope, are largely transmitted from person-to-person and not through touching objects."

The season can matter as well. Warm weather, when people are outside rather than in closed rooms, can cut down on transmission, at least on the margins, she said.

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Misleading article warns against face masks during COVID-19 pandemic

May 20, 2020

Dr. Shelley Payne, director of the LaMontagne Center for Infectious Disease at the University of Texas at Austin, said that by the article’s own admission, an unusual characteristic of COVID-19 is that many carriers are asymptomatic.

“Without very large-scale testing, we don’t know who is infected and who is not,” she said via email.

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‘Plandemic’ video peddles falsehoods about COVID-19

May 11, 2020

“Plandemic” -- a slickly-edited, 26-minute interview with a discredited researcher -- has been widely shared on social media. But the video, which YouTube and Facebook are working to remove for violating content standards, contains multiple false or misleading claims, including about the novel coronavirus, experts say.

Wearing a mask can cause harm, vaccines have “killed millions,” the novel coronavirus is not “naturally occurring,” hospitals are “incentivized” to report COVID-19 diagnoses, 

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Contact Tracing And Testing: Fighting The Spread Of Covid-19

May 7, 2020

Contact tracing and testing are two key weapons in the fight against Covid-19. Judy Maggio talks with Dr. Shelley Payne, director of the LaMontagne Center for Infectious Disease and public health expert, Dr. Marilyn Felkner, about the critical need for the implementation of these practices as Texas begins to re-open.

Click to view the YouTube interview 

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Pools In Texas Are Allowed To Reopen. Is It Safe To Go Back In The Water? Well ... Maybe?

May 6, 2020

By MATT LARGEY | KUT • MAY 6, 2020
Pools are among the facilities allowed to reopen Friday under Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s order loosening restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

For its part, the City of Austin is still considering when it will reopen city pools.

“The Austin Parks and Recreation Department's pools will reopen when they can do so in a manner that does not jeopardize the health and safety of its employees and the community it serves,” the department said in a written statement. “With the help of

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