Coronavirus Research

Science, politics, and vaccine acceptance

As the COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed across the country, new research out of the Department of Philosophy shows that knowledge about the nature of science can combat political biases.

From Omnia

Behavioral strategies to promote a national COVID-19 vaccine program

National efforts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine at ‘warp speed’ are beginning to yield a safe and effective vaccine. But this important milestone is only the first step in an equally important challenge: getting a majority of the U.S. public vaccinated.

By Penn Nursing News

Home health care improves COVID-19 outcomes

Survivors of COVID-19 often have health ramifications from their illness and hospital stay, and until now, no data has been available on the outcomes of COVID-19 patients discharged home after hospitalization and their recovery needs.

By Penn Nursing News

In the News

Pioneering mRNA technology in Moderna, Pfizer vaccines developed at University of Pennsylvania

Drew Weissman of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about his contributions to the COVID-19 vaccine. "My dream has always been to develop a drug, vaccine, treatment that helps people. This, I think, has accomplished that," he said.


The New York Times

We know how to curb the pandemic. How do we make people listen?

Cristina Bicchieri of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about modeling safe behavior to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “To create a new norm,” she said, “you need to build this sense that other people are following the rules.”


The Washington Post

Years of research laid groundwork for speedy COVID-19 shots

Drew Weissman of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about using mRNA to develop efficient vaccines. “Instead of growing up a virus in a 50,000-liter drum and inactivating it, we could deliver RNA and our bodies make the protein, which starts the immune response,” he said.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Masking and vaxxing for the public good

Damon Centola of the Annenberg School for Communication joined a conversation about how to promote healthy behaviors amid the pandemic.


The Washington Post

The COVID-19 symptoms to watch out for

Richard Doty of the Perelman School of Medicine said one COVID-19 symptom is a distorted sense of smell or taste. “Even water can become unpleasant,” he said.



Can dogs smell COVID? Here’s what the science says

Cynthia Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine spoke about training dogs to identify COVID-19 infections by scent. “The dogs can do it. The challenge is the ignorance that we have as humans as to what can confuse the dogs,” she says.