December 27, 2021 News You Can Use: Important COVID-19 Updates (682KB): With the holiday season and people getting together, there is greater risk of COVID- 19 spreading and overwhelming hospitals with patients. The new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, is on the rise. While we still don’t know a lot about Omicron, scientists are studying the variant and have some reassuring news about vaccinations. In this health message, you can learn more information about the Omicron variant that maybe helpful to you and your family.
11/24/2020 - Obesity and COVID-19: Know the Facts (418KB) — Obesity is a predisposing factor or marker for worse health outcomes in COVID-19 patients. This health message brings awareness about obesity as a risk factor for chronic health conditions and its association with health outcomes in patients with COVID-19.
August 4, 2020 (587KB) — The coronavirus has mutated, and researchers are diligently working to understand it. This new mutation may allow easier transmission from person to person. In this health message, you will learn about the virus mutation, airborne transmission, and tips on how to decrease airborne transmission in your home, cars, workplaces, schools, and churches.
July 13 - 17, 2020 (532KB) — As coronavirus cases rise across the United States, physicians and researchers are warning young and middle-aged people about COVID-19 related strokes! Recent studies indicate an increase in strokes among men and women in their 30s and 40s who have COVID-19 but are asymptomatic. In this health message, you will learn why this age group is more susceptible to COVID-19 related strokes, the warning signs, and how to protect yourself and your family.
June 23, 2020 (306KB) — The pandemic and the social injustice of racism has significantly affected human health, unemployment, and our social interactions. This health message provides helpful coping strategies for dealing with stress and taking control during these uncertain times.
May 21, 2020 (352KB) — The COVID-19 pandemic has altered lives in many ways, including the closing of schools and businesses, the state-wide stay-at-home orders, and the concept of physical distancing. North Carolina is taking a phased approach to lift restrictions and to slow the spread of COVID-19. It is important that you continue to protect yourself and your family as COVID-19 cases are still on the rise in our state.
May 5, 2020 (490KB) — Do you know what antibodies are? Antibodies in your blood indicate prior infection with a microbial invader such as the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the COVID-19 disease. During this pandemic, antibody testing is important because it helps identify who has been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. Research is being conducted across the globe to determine how beneficial antibodies are for treating this deadly virus. Learn more about COVID-19 antibodies and how they can potentially be a treatment for the coronavirus.
April 24, 2020 (311KB) — The environment is a main contributing factor leading to the astonishing COVID-19 death rates in minority populations as minorities are more likely to live and work in environments with harmful air pollution. Additionally, social factors may play a major role (e.g. home environments including multiple families living in one home). This health message brings awareness about this environmental justice issue and ways to help protect vulnerable populations!
April 17, 2020 (678KB) — Our older family members and loved ones are among the most vulnerable for catching and being severely affected by COVID-19. We must ensure that they are properly cared for and protected. This health message shares SIX ESSENTIAL tips for how to care for our loved ones in nursing homes and long-term care facilities during this pandemic!
April 10, 2020 (362KB) — A strong immune system is critical for good health! During the COVID-19 pandemic, we must take steps to ensure our immune systems are functioning at their optimal level. This health message shares quick and easy tips for boosting your immune system!
Audio Recording of April 3, 2020
April 3, 2020 (437KB) — Current times call for us to be physically distant from others. It’s important to know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE! This health message shares practical healthy practices during physical distancing and ways to safely remain socially connected!
Joan P. Packenham, Ph.D.
Director, NIEHS Office of Human Research and Community Engagement (OHRCE);
P.O. Box 12233Mail Drop CU-02Durham, N.C. 27709