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.

Cornell details safety measures for spring semester

Cornell officials announced plans including testing, masks and boosters for employees and will hold a Town Hall meeting Jan. 7 to answer any outstanding questions.

Cornell announces two weeks of virtual instruction

President Martha E. Pollack, Provost Michael Kotlikoff and Vice President for Student and Campus Life Ryan Lombardi announced safety measures for students returning to Cornell's Ithaca campus for the spring semester.

Startup granted EPA registration for disinfectant system

In a significant move to fight COVID-19 and other contagious pathogens in health care settings, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted Sterifre Medical, Inc. registration to begin commercial deployment of the company’s novel, automated device disinfectant system.

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Best time for COVID vaccination in pregnancy may be now

COVID-19 vaccination of expectant mothers elicits levels of antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 outer “spike” protein at the time of delivery that don’t vary dramatically with the timing of vaccination during pregnancy and thus don’t justify delaying vaccination, according to a study from researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Faster checkouts could reduce virus spread at stores

Researchers set out to model the probability of how often pairs of shoppers might overlap in a store – an approach that could be used to predict the transmission of COVID-19, and guide strategies to reduce its spread.