August 31, 2020

Tulanian Now

We started back with in-person classes on Tulane’s campuses a little less than two weeks ago. It’s been an unique  transition — including preparing for the potential of two hurricanes last week. But whether it’s a global pandemic or the threat of catastrophic weather, we will not be deterred from pursuing our educational mission as an eminent national research university, as well as the city largest employer. We have always been a leader in the fight against infectious diseases, supporting our community and the world through vital research, innovation and health care. Since the COVID-19 pandemic upended all of our lives, Tulanians have been busy searching for a vaccine and treatments, providing free testing to the most vulnerable in our community, increasing the world’s understanding of the global threat and more. And, we will continue to persevere, delivering cutting edge research and scholarship and life-changing solutions — because this is what a great university does for their city and for the world. This is Tulanian Now.

Mike Fitts

Latest COVID-19 News

Dean Thomas LaVeist

Team develops monitoring system to provide early warning of COVID-19 hotspots

Researchers at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine hope they can help metro New Orleans avoid a second spike in COVID-19 cases with a new symptom monitoring application to be piloted in September.

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Josh Denson

Three factors linked to severe COVID-19 outcomes

Patients with metabolic syndrome — obesity, diabetes and hypertension — are almost four times as likely to have severe or fatal cases of COVID-19, according to a new study from Tulane University.

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School of Medicine helps with community testing

The School of Medicine’s testing lab, which produces results in just 24 to 48 hours, assisted in testing people at Orleans Parish Prison and other facilities around the area.

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Fast Grant

Researchers awarded Fast Grant for second-generation COVID-19 vaccine

Two researchers were awarded a $150,000 Fast Grant for a project to make next-generation COVID-19 vaccines more effective.

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healthcare workers

Tulane researchers studying compassion fatigue among COVID-19 workers

School of Social Work researchers Leia Saltzman, Charles Figley and Tonya Hansel are conducting a study on compassion fatigue that aims to understand the experiences of front-line workers who are responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

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High BMI linked to severity of COVID-19 in African Americans

High BMI linked to severity of COVID-19 in African Americans

Body mass index (BMI) is associated with the development of severe COVID-19 in African Americans, resulting in admission to intensive care units.

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Tulane experts in the news

Experts are looking at the COVID-19 response from all angles: returning to the classroom, finding a vaccine, determining who’s most at risk from the virus. Here are recent stories from national news organizations highlighting our COVID-19 response. View the Video


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In the News

Obesity, race play roles in severe COVID-19 illness among kids

NBC News

“There’s something about obesity that causes an underlying inflammatory state that we don’t understand that much about,” said Josh Denson, MD, a pulmonary medicine and critical care physician.

A warning for the United States from the author of The Great Influenza

The New York Times

John Barry, professor at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, writes an opinion piece on what the United States needs to do to contain COVID-19, bring back the economy and prevent further devastation.

What should we still be cleaning and disinfecting to prevent COVID-19?

Huff Post

David Mushatt, MD, chief of adult infectious diseases at the School of Medicine, says it’s important for people to disinfect high-touch surfaces in addition to hand-washing, social distancing, mask-wearing and following all other CDC guidelines.

How housing patterns may partly explain coronavirus’s outsized impact on Black Louisianans

School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Dean Thomas LaVeist discusses his “patient zero” scenario as way to describe how he thinks the coronavirus may spread in New Orleans and Black neighborhoods.

Louisiana may have passed the worst of its second COVID-19 surge

The Washington Examiner

“It’s encouraging that the positivity rate is not rising even though the number of tests is declining. That may mean that we are plateauing,” Susan Hassig, epidemiology professor at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, said.

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