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Yes, you can catch the flu and COVID. No, ‘flurona’ isn’t real

Susan Weiss of the Perelman School of Medicine weighed in on the proposed development of a therapeutic that uses the body’s interferon response to fight viruses. “I’m not sure what practical application this would have as an antiviral,” she said.


ABC News

How does COVID-19 cause people to lose sense of smell? And how many regain it?

Richard Doty of the Perelman School of Medicine said it’s still not clear if the SARS-CoV-2 virus enters the olfactory bulbs, causing people with COVID-19 to lose their sense of smell. “The herpes virus can get into the brain through the olfactory pathway, so it's not beyond a possibility. But the jury's still out on whether the olfactory bulbs play a role,” he said.



‘Social comparison on steroids’: How social media is fueling the ‘Great Resignation’

Sigal Barsade of the Wharton School said the “Great Resignation” is driven in part by a shift in cultural attitudes toward work online. “When people say, ‘I’m going to quit my job,’ their family and peers aren’t responding ‘Have you lost your mind?’” she said. “They're actually saying, ‘Yeah, we feel that way too.’”



Experts seriously doubt whether patent waivers on COVID-19 vaccines will ever come to be

Harsha Thirumurthy of the Perelman School of Medicine said vaccine patents keep prices artificially high by limiting other countries’ ability to manufacture vaccines. “I think we had the best hope of it last year when there was a proposal that was put forward at the WTO and the Biden administration had supported it,” he said. “But we had European countries that objected to those patent waivers.”


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Unusual pets

James Serpell of the School of Veterinary Medicine was interviewed about the relationships between humans and animals. “At least with dogs, the evidence suggests that when they’re with people, they experience exactly the same kind of neurochemical changes in the brain that we experience when we’re with them,” he said.


The Atlantic

Will omicron leave most of us immune?

E. John Wherry of the Perelman School of Medicine said a person’s immunity to COVID-19 depends on “the number of exposures [to the spike protein], and time since last exposure.”


The Washington Post

Thinking about quitting your job? Ask these six questions first

Nancy Rothbard of the Wharton School said the pandemic drove many people to reevaluate their careers and priorities. “Being at home also allows for a wholistic assessment of personal and social roles or identities,” she said.


The New York Times

Why free COVID tests went viral

Jonah Berger of the Wharton School said the viral popularity of free COVID test kits is driven by the same thing that motivates consumers to order off “secret” menus: the thrill of passing along hidden information.


How we tracked the pay of 24,000 cops

Aaron Chalfin of the School of Arts & Sciences said a new project documenting police pay in New Jersey contains “some pretty incredible data.”


Chronicle of Higher Education

Higher ed’s evolutionary—not revolutionary—pandemic response

Drawing on pre-pandemic data, Robert Zemsky of the Graduate School of Education predicted that 20% of higher education institutions were in danger of shuttering.