Economist helps solve COVID-19 missing data problems

Professor of economics Jörg Stoye proposes new methods of deriving the prevalence of a disease when only partial data is available — with applications for epidemiology and public health policy.

Lund Debate examines migration, global public health

This year’s Lund Critical Debate, “Migration in the Age of Pandemics,” on February 16 will explore ways to promote the best public health outcomes worldwide and protect human rights, as waves of people cross national borders.

Volunteer scientists change opinions about vaccines

Vaccination Conversations with Scientists, a group of more than 100 Cornell scientist volunteers educating the public about vaccines, is reporting success in shifting unvaccinated people’s beliefs about the shots.

Existing drug may protect against COVID lung injury

An FDA-approved drug that has been in clinical use for more than 70 years may protect against lung injury in severe COVID-19 cases, according to a preclinical study from researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

COVID-19 community surveillance project launches

Researchers at the College of Veterinary Medicine, in collaboration with the Tompkins County Health Department and Cayuga Health System, are conducting a COVID-19 community health survey to estimate levels of COVID infection and immunity in the county.

Around Cornell

Infection rate low among returning students

Students are returning to Ithaca for the spring semester with significantly fewer COVID-19 infections than university models projected, an encouraging development that keeps in-person instruction on track to resume as planned on Feb. 7.

Engineers propose greener recycling for medical PPE waste

Forget incineration or landfills. To resolve the increasing, never-ending waste stream of medical PPE as a result of the pandemic, Cornell engineers suggest recycling via pyrolysis.

A Collegetown mural memorializes loved ones lost to illness

Yerkezhan Abuova ’23 memorialized her grandmothers in a Collegetown mural, painting them surrounded by animals, tulips and waterlilies. She hopes it will comfort viewers who grieve.

Flu, measles vaccines could help flatten COVID curve

While the world has celebrated the arrival of highly effective vaccines against COVID-19, new work by researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine and the University of Oxford shows that even unrelated vaccines could help reduce the burden of the pandemic.