• U-M coronavirus news, research, experts

    As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in the U.S. and around the world, dozens of University of Michigan experts across a wide variety of disciplines are conducting research and using their expertise to address COVID-19 and its impact on public health, the economy, the environment, education and more.

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  • Find experts on coronavirus-related topics

    The World Health Organization called countries to "pull out all the stops" and warned "this is not a drill," as new coronavirus infections surpass the 100,000 threshold worldwide. As the outbreak unfolds, nearly three dozen University of Michigan experts can discuss its societal, economic and public health impacts.

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  • U-M, state of Michigan surveying coronavirus survivors to inform future response to pandemic

    Researchers with the University of Michigan School of Public Health and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are reaching out to adults with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 to collect information they hope will inform future response efforts to the coronavirus pandemic in the state. Those participating in the Michigan COVID-19 Recovery Surveillance Read more

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  • Medicaid expansion meant better health for the most vulnerable low-income adults

    The most vulnerable residents of the nation’s 10th-most populous state say their health improved significantly after they enrolled in Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program, a new University of Michigan study finds. Michiganders with extremely low incomes, those who live with multiple chronic health problems and those who are Black got the biggest health boosts year over Read more

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  • Arnold Monto: Should we worry about airborne coronavirus?

    FACULTY Q&A This week, more than 200 scientists from more than 30 countries signed an open letter published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases calling for the World Health Organization to provide guidance on aerosol transmission of coronavirus. Arnold Monto, professor of epidemiology and global health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Read more

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  • Richard Curtin: The New Political Economy

    FACULTY COMMENTARY Partisanship has always had an impact on how consumers evaluated proposed economic policies put forward in presidential elections, with those evaluations often based on how their own financial prospects as well as the economy as a whole would be affected. Indeed, politics and economics were so intertwined through most of recorded human history Read more

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  • Most older adults have experienced ageism; still hold positive attitudes toward aging

    An offhand remark by an acquaintance about using a smartphone. A joke about someone losing their memory or hearing. An ad in a magazine focused on erasing wrinkles or gray hair. An inner worry that getting older means growing lonely. All of these kinds of everyday ageism, and many more, are common in the lives Read more

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  • Simultaneous, reinforcing policy failures led to Flint water crisis, providing lessons during pandemic

    Concurrent failures of federal drinking water standards and Michigan’s emergency manager law reinforced and magnified each other, leading to the Flint water crisis, according to a University of Michigan environmental policy expert. Flint’s experience offers lessons during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has exacerbated local financial challenges while highlighting the importance of access to clean, safe Read more

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  • Moderate summer harmful algal bloom predicted for western Lake Erie

    University of Michigan researchers and their partners are forecasting that western Lake Erie will experience a moderate harmful algal bloom this summer. This year’s bloom is expected to measure 4.5 on the severity index—among the smaller blooms since 2011—but could possibly range between 4 and 5.5, compared to 7.3 last year. An index above 5 Read more

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  • Drug that calms ‘cytokine storm’ linked to lower risk of death among COVID-19 patients on ventilators

    Critically ill COVID-19 patients who received a single dose of a drug that calms an overreacting immune system were 45% less likely to die overall, compared with those who didn’t receive the drug, according to a new University of Michigan study. And they were more likely to be out of the hospital or off a Read more

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  • Mind the gap: Even the richest Americans lag the English on health

    Middle-aged Americans have worse health than their English counterparts—and the difference in health between rich and poor is much larger on the American side of the Atlantic, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Michigan and University College London found that even top income earners in their late 50s and early 60s Read more

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  • Erik Gordon: The Path Less Traveled…to Success

    Erik Gordon is one of the University of Michigan’s most quoted professors in mainstream media, but his path to this status was not a traditional one. Hear how Erik’s meandering career path has led him to a faculty position at one of the most prestigious business schools in the country.

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