blog posts Model shows how COVID could become endemic, like colds, flu Dec 15, 2021 9:15 am Scientists have developed an epidemiological model that encompasses the randomness and dynamic variability of individual social interactions, which will continue to produce waves and plateaus in infection rates. Portable, affordable, accurate, fast: Team invents new COVID-19 test May 18, 2021 9:30 am Many of the components of the hand-held device used in this technology can be 3D-printed, and the test can detect as little as one viral particle per 1-microliter drop of fluid. Smell, taste challenge offered as early detection tool for COVID Jan 25, 2021 4:15 pm People can use their morning coffee and a web-based tool to monitor changes in their senses of smell and taste, which may be early warning signs they've been exposed to the coronavirus. Important return-to-campus information for students Jan 13, 2021 9:00 am In order to participate in on-campus activities beginning Jan. 24, it is required that all students, faculty, staff and scholars receive two negative on-campus test results, no sooner than three days apart between Jan. 15-24. U of I COVID response: What we learned, how we adapted Dec 14, 2020 9:00 am Our decisions and operations were adjusted regularly along the way based on what we learned, in response to data we gathered and to react to changing circumstances related to changes in local, state and federal guidance. Chancellor, Provost offer reflections on 1 million COVID-19 tests at Illinois Dec 14, 2020 9:30 am In the space of just a few months, we built a comprehensive testing, tracing and monitoring infrastructure and ecosystem that is unmatched anywhere in the country. Revised process speeds on-campus COVID-19 testing Dec 4, 2020 2:00 pm The new process, using a straw and a smaller test tube, will allow for faster lab processing, fewer invalid/inconclusive results, and less plastic waste. Projects offer COVID-19 testing, explore virus transmission's social factors Dec 2, 2020 1:30 pm A group of Illinois researchers is investigating the structural, economic and sociocultural factors that impact transmission and response to the disease among essential agricultural laborers in rural communities like Rantoul, Illinois. New mobile COVID-19 lab prototype completed Nov 6, 2020 8:00 am The Grainger College of Engineering has completed the prototype for a mobile laboratory, called mobileSHIELD, designed to demonstrate a way to rapidly deploy I-COVID, the saliva-based test for COVID-19 developed at Illinois. COVID-19 testing locations, hours for fall, winter break Nov 4, 2020 10:30 am On-campus testing will continue to be available throughout Fall Break, the rest of the Fall semester and Winter Break. But be sure to check the testing location page or your Safer Illinois app before heading to your usual location. Safer Illinois app available for faculty, staff, students Aug 13, 2020 8:45 am The app provides users their personalized coronavirus-testing results, testing reminders, and a display of their current testing status - needed to gain entry to campus facilities - all without showing any personalized health information. U of I's rapid saliva test for COVID-19 gains FDA Emergency Use Authorization Aug 19, 2020 3:00 pm 'This has potentially game-changing implications for our statewide testing program as well as for testing on a national level. I’m so proud - but not at all surprised - to see this type of groundbreaking work come out of our own U of I,' said Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker. Students' first steps back to campus life Aug 12, 2020 10:00 am Everyone on our campus has to do their part to keep our community steps, from planning your move-in to testing immediately upon arrival and picking up your PPE kit. #IveGotYouCovered Jul 9, 2020 10:15 am Take the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Illinois Community Pledge and show that you’re doing your part to maintain the well-being of yourself and your family, friends, colleagues, classmates, university and community. CHIME puts students to work on COVID-related data science projects Aug 4, 2020 9:15 am A new international public health initiative at Illinois is bringing students together to work on data-information projects that will help public health agencies with COVID-19-related data analysis. University outlines fall plans, remote instruction after fall break Aug 3, 2020 9:30 am Mandatory twice-weekly testing will be required for all faculty members, staff and students who participate in any on-campus activities. Nov. 20 will be the final day of in-person instruction for the semester. With hopes of safe reopening, U of I launches widespread COVID-19 testing Jul 23, 2020 11:30 am The school plans to offer free tests to the 50,000 students expected to return in August, plus the roughly 11,000 faculty and staff who work for the campus. Projected hospital losses may outpace federal financial relief, research shows Jul 16, 2020 10:45 am Professor Tatyana Deryugina says hospitals may take more than three years to recover from the double blow of increased costs for care of COVID-19 patients and the revenue loss of elective procedures. On-campus COVID-19 testing now available Jul 8, 2020 10:30 am COVID-19 testing is now available to all faculty, staff and students at two campus locations. The saliva test was developed at Illinois and results are available within 24 hours. Volunteers at Illinois produce supplies for 200,000 COVID-19 tests Jul 6, 2020 3:30 pm A collaborative effort at the University of Illinois to support COVID-19 testing is winding down, but not before it produced enough materials to support some 200,000 coronavirus tests across the state. Lab's hand sanitizer production helps U of I campus return safely Jul 2, 2020 12:30 pm Illinois will set up more than 2,000 hand sanitizer stations in preparation for the return of students and staff this fall. The hand sanitizer is produced on campus by the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Lab. Eight projects awarded funding for AI research to mitigate COVID-19 Jul 2, 2020 11:15 am The institute will provide $5.4 million over the next year to projects that examine the medical, social and economic impacts of the novel coronavirus and inspire researcher collaboration in advanced machine learning and other AI disciplines. Campus plans fall opening with COVID-19 precautions Jun 18, 2020 4:15 pm In announcing the decision to open the fall semester with as much in-person instruction, residential occupancy as possible, Chancellor Jones re-emphasized the campus commitment to prioritizing health and safety. U of I researchers adapt robots for fight against COVID-19 Jun 17, 2020 10:00 am Girish Chowdhary’s team accelerated their work on the TerraSentia robot to enable it to can perform tasks in agricultural fields or in hospitals, keeping people out of harm’s way and filling labor gaps. Housing instability undermines public health response to COVID-19 Jun 11, 2020 9:30 am More households are facing acute housing distress or homelessness, forcing people to 'double up' with friends or relatives. This decreases their levels of social distancing and heightens the risk of transmission and exposure to COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic — in the context of sustainability Jun 1, 2020 4:00 pm The pandemic is simultaneously a public health crisis and a real-time experiment in downsizing our consumer economy. Champaign County businesses pledge to keep community safe, healthy May 27, 2020 8:00 am View the list of local businesses committed to safety, well-being of employees, customers. Thank you for signing the Champaign County Safe Pledge! Pandemics and fear: History helps us understand COVID-19 May 11, 2020 12:15 pm Historians and anthropologists see parallels between past outbreaks and today's crisis Three NSF grants aim to shorten time to get COVID test results May 7, 2020 11:45 am One team has proposed the development of a point-of-care device that uses nasal fluid samples to detect the presence of COVID-19 within 10 minutes. Students' COVI-Pod concept could reduce PPE need Apr 27, 2020 12:15 pm COVI-Pod is a negative pressure system isolation pod that creates a secure barrier between the patient and the hospital room, which could reduce the need for PPE by 60 percent.