LCID Member Dr. Andrew Ellington spoke recently with Austin news station KXAN on concerns about the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. He addressed how the mutation might affect how easily the virus spreads, but stressed that vaccination is still the greatest weapon against serious disease and further
Dr. Jaquelin Dudley, LCID Associate Director, was recently interviewed for an article in the Daily Beast on a potential nasal swab test that could be developed to determine if COVID patients will need to be hospitalized.
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
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.
“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,
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.
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