Pavilion powers ahead to combat COVID-19

Across Philadelphia and the surrounding counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, shops and restaurants have closed their doors, schools and businesses have turned to virtual operations, and all nonessential workers have been ordered to stay at home in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

Providing care from a distance

Telemedicine is a critical tool in the COVID-19 epidemic. Clinicians at the medical, dental, and veterinary schools are making use of virtual encounters to keep providing patients with safe, timely, quality care.

Katherine Unger Baillie

Flattening the curve of coronavirus

In the current fast-moving, unprecedented situation, what we do today to stem the impact of COVID-19 can vastly affect what we will face tomorrow. Two epidemiologists discuss what we can do individually and as a society to slow the spread of the disease.

Michele W. Berger

The biology of coronaviruses: From the lab to the spotlight

The recent coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19, has been swift, but according to microbiology professor Susan Weiss, it didn’t come out of nowhere. Coronaviruses have been around for a long time, and new strains have transformed and may continue to emerge.

Penn Today Staff

In the News


Her incredible sense of smell is helping scientists find new ways to diagnose disease

Richard Doty of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the use of scent signaling in diagnosing disease. “It used to be that physicians did use breath odor and other odors, to signify certain disorders. But that’s not really invoked presently, because we have so much better ways of [diagnosing] things,” he said.


The Washington Post

More lifesaving ventilators are available. Hospitals can’t afford them

Lewis Kaplan of the Perelman School of Medicine explained why it’s impractical for most hospitals to keep back up ventilators on hand, which require regular maintenance and additional trained staff. “It’s like taking military planes out of your boneyard,” he said. “There can be a variety of economic disincentives to be prepared for the worst thing that can happen."


Philadelphia Inquirer

Why the coronavirus and most other viruses have no cure

David Barnes of the School of Arts and Sciences spoke about the role of supportive care during viral outbreaks. “There are actually plenty of cures for viral illnesses,” he said. “We just don’t think of them as cures. We’re still kind of myopically fixated on finding a cure, when what we really should be doing is getting adequate basic nursing care for all patients.”


The New York Times

Is ibuprofen really risky for coronavirus patients?

Garret FitzGerald and Paul Offit of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about fevers and the anti-inflammatory drugs that treat them.


The New York Times

Most patients underestimate likely scar size before Moh’s surgery

Joseph Sobanko of the Perelman School of Medicine co-authored a study that found that people who have cancerous lesions removed from their faces using Moh’s micrographic surgery are surprised by the size of their scars.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

What if you want a COVID-19 test but don’t have health insurance?

Evan Anderson of the School of Nursing said concerns about the accessibility of coronavirus testing aren’t unreasonable. “For the people that are uninsured, they could very easily be looking at a few thousand dollars in charges at least,” he said. “Even for people who are insured, they may very well have a high deductible, and they could still be facing a $1,000 charge.”