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Smell tests evaluated as potential tool to identify COVID-19

Published: January 26, 2021 10:55 am

A team of University of Florida neuroscientists will analyze two different smell tests under a National Institutes of Health grant aimed at developing inexpensive, at-home tests to help identify new cases of COVID-19 and provide a warning sign of a community outbreak in time to thwart it. Discover


Our Community, Our Health (OCOH) Town Hall

Published: January 26, 2021 10:54 am

Our Community, Our Health (OCOH) is a town hall meeting to facilitate two-way communication between the community and researchers. OCOH is an initiative of HealthStreet, a community engagement program at the University of Florida Department of Epidemiology. Please share this invitation with your friends and colleagues! Time: 5:00-6:00 P.M. EDT Location: Online via Zoom Meetings […]

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Finding connection through affinity and networking groups

Published: January 22, 2021 9:11 am

If you are seeking community, there are a number of ways to connect with others on campus and in the community, and many organizations have found ways to meet and network, even in the midst of distancing due to COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Series resumes tomorrow

Published: January 19, 2021 3:39 pm

Join the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 4 p.m. for its fourth webinar exploring how modeling can inform disease interventions for maximum effectiveness. Use this direct link to join the seminar: For more information about the seminar series, how to join, or previous recordings please visit

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Building confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine

Published: January 15, 2021 11:32 am

While many wait anxiously for the time when the COVID-19 vaccine will be available more widely, others continue to express hesitance for a variety of reasons. This reluctance is prompting public health outreach efforts to provide answers to questions that may help overcome anxieties associated with receiving the vaccine. Experts say that 75% to 85% […]


Strategies to help foster trust, acceptance and demand

Published: January 15, 2021 11:32 am

Earlier this week, UF Center for Public Interest Communications Director Ann Searight Christiano and Postdoctoral Fellow Jack Barry, pictured in top row at right, were joined by scholars at other national and international universities for a discussion hosted as part of Reddit’s AskScience AMA Series. Their purpose: To help public health professionals discover strategies to build confidence and […]


Spring semester resources, at-a-glance

Published: January 12, 2021 11:25 am

As you settle into the busy schedule that inevitably accompanies the start of a semester, here’s a quick review of some frequently requested resources you may find helpful: Guidelines for faculty In-classroom teaching support (HyFlex) Spring 2021 plans (Screen, Test & Protect) Screening and testing Vaccine availability Caring for/reusing masks Building air exchange (Submit online form, […]

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UF Health expands access to COVID-19 vaccinations

Published: January 8, 2021 8:34 am

In a message released Tuesday evening, David Nelson, M.D., senior vice president for UF Health Affairs and president of UF Health, shared the news that UF Health is moving to the next stage of its COVID-19 vaccination program and is working with the state Department of Health in Alachua County as it lays the groundwork […]

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Spring 2021 testing underway with routine testing to follow

Published: January 8, 2021 8:34 am

Students living in residence halls as well as undergraduate and professional students participating in face-to-face classroom instruction are required to complete a COVID-19 test before classes begin on Jan. 11. All students are required to complete a healthy behaviors screening questionnaire by Jan. 10. After the initial return-to-campus testing, UF will transition to a routine testing plan, in […]

Conversations with Mike Lauzardo resume this Wednesday

Published: January 5, 2021 4:48 pm

Faculty who will be teaching this spring are invited to join UF Health Screen, Test & Protect Director Michael Lauzardo, M.D., M.Sc., for a conversation to address their questions about being back in the classroom, vaccines and other topics related to COVID-19. The ongoing sessions, which began in December and have been well-received by faculty who […]

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