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Some of the UMMC researchers teaming up with scientists at Harvard and MIT to study the early cellular response to COVID-19 and what it may tell us about the progression of the disease include, from left, Yilianys Pride, Haley Williams, Dr. Tanya Robinson, Dr. Anna Owings, Hannah Laird, Taylor Christian and Dr. Sarah Glover.

Nasal antiviral response could determine COVID-19 severity

Monday, July 26, 2021

UMMC researchers collaborated with Harvard- and MIT-based scientists to study how nasal cells react to early-stage SARS-CoV-2 infections. Their findings, published July 23 in Cell, show that a blunted initial antiviral response may be a harbinger for severe COVID-19 illness later. Read More

Dr. LouAnn Woodward, UMMC vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, explains the Medical Center's new COVID-19 vaccination policy to the media.

COVID-19 vaccination policy puts patients, families' safety first

Monday, July 19, 2021

UMMC students and employees now have a choice: Either get the COVID-19 vaccine, which has proven safe and effective, or wear an N95 filter mask in any Medical Center location. In drawing up a policy that meets Centers for Disease Control and Mississippi State Health Department parameters, hospital leaders are curbing spread of the highly contagious virus among employees, students and the sickest of the sick, who place their trust in UMMC caregivers. Read More

Experts debunk misinformation about vaccine, pregnancy

The COVID-19 shot affects your fertility, right? Not true. Isn't the COVID-19 vaccine dangerous for pregnant women? Also not true. A Medical Center maternal-fetal specialist and one of the nation’s premier societies for obstetrics and gynecology dispel the myths that keep eligible women from receiving the vaccine that can protect them and their unborn children from the potentially deadly virus.

Published on Monday, July 19, 2021

New UMMC COVID-19 vaccination policy puts patient, workforce and student safety first

In keeping with its commitment to a safe patient, working and learning environment and in keeping with its roles as a leading health care institution and only academic medical center in the state, the University of Mississippi Medical Center will implement a new COVID-19 vaccination policy that encourages all employees, students and anyone who works or learns in a UMMC facility or clinic to get fully vaccinated.

Published on Thursday, July 15, 2021

UMMC scientists are seq-ing variants to fight COVID-19

A team of UMMC scientists is tracking COVID-19 virus variants – including the highly transmissible Delta variant – as they continue to circulate across Mississippi. With funding from state and federal sources, the Medical Center's team is also looking at how variants spread earlier in the pandemic to learn how to prevent future outbreaks.

Published on Monday, June 28, 2021

UMMC study: COVID-19 more prevalent in children than thought

UMMC-led research suggests about 118,000 Mississippi children had COVID-19-specific antibodies by mid-September 2020, more than 10 times higher than PCR test-confirmed case counts. The study illustrates the importance of sticking to current preventive measures.

Published on Monday, March 1, 2021

COVID-19-linked brain disorder compels victim to tell his story

Published on Monday, February 15, 2021

DIS scheduling system champions COVID-19 vaccines

Published on Monday, February 8, 2021

Black pastors, docs strive to dispel COVID-19 vaccine doubts

Published on Monday, February 1, 2021

Study: Diabetes, COVID-19 combo riskier for Blacks, Hispanics

Published on Monday, January 25, 2021

Meet two new (robot) staffers in UMMC's COVID-19 testing lab

Published on Monday, January 11, 2021

Indianola mother, baby now home after long COVID-19 battle

Published on Monday, January 11, 2021

Vaccinations raise hopes, brighten smiles of UMMC employees

Published on Monday, December 21, 2020

UMMC begins vaccinating frontline employees for COVID-19

Published on Wednesday, December 16, 2020

UMMC receives COVID-19 vaccine

Published on Monday, December 14, 2020

Think the rules on COVID-19 keep changing? Here's why

Published on Monday, December 7, 2020

UMMC staff support HCQ COVID-19 ineffectiveness findings

Published on Monday, November 23, 2020

Is your home COVID-19 ready? If you're unsure, use these tips

Published on Monday, November 23, 2020

Medical Center’s 1,000th hospitalized patient with COVID-19 safely discharged home

Published on Monday, October 26, 2020

UMMC begins NIH study on COVID-19, community engagement

Published on Monday, October 12, 2020

For sickest patients with COVID, struggle for recovery begins with emergency care

Published on Monday, August 10, 2020

Children’s of Mississippi: Safety you can rely on

Published on Friday, August 7, 2020

COVID-19-burdened UMMC braces for tacked-on crises

Published on Monday, July 20, 2020

Caring for COVID-19-positive moms a labor of love

Published on Monday, July 20, 2020

Caring for COVID-19 patients: Teamwork, time make difference

Published on Monday, June 22, 2020