Special report: COVID-19

UF Health leads the way in Florida in combatting COVID-19

jax covid Dr. Leon L. Haley Jr. becomes the first person in Florida to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

UF Health first in Florida to vaccinate for COVID-19

GNV vax Samuel J. Overly, B.S.N., receives the inaugural vaccine shot in Gainesville at the UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital.
CF vax “Today, science won,” said Dr. Elias Maroun after receiving his vaccine at the UF Health Leesburg Hospital.

UF Health among first in world to use diaphragmatic pacer on COVID-19 patients

lungpacer With the temporary transvenous diaphragmatic neurostimulator, a central line goes into a vein under the patient’s left collarbone. It contains electrodes that stimulate the phrenic nerves responsible for spurring the diaphragm to contract. This creates negative pressure ventilation, helping to mimic a more natural way of breathing in tandem with the positive pressure caused by the ventilator.
“If this works the way we hope it does, the patient will potentially come off the ventilator sooner than predicted, and with a smoother recovery.”
— Ali Ataya, M.D.
Assistant professor within the UF College of Medicine
drug study Leah Reznikov, Ph.D., and David Ostrov, Ph.D., are shown in Reznikov’s lab. Jesse S. Jones

Common antihistamine drugs show early promise against COVID-19 virus

“The fact that these drugs actually inhibit the virus in the lab does not necessarily mean that they will inhibit it actively in people — but they might.”
— David A. Ostrov, Ph.D.
Immunologist and associate professor in the UF College of Medicine
CEAL A health care worker provides information about COVID-19 screening to a woman at a testing site.

Universities, health centers join on COVID-19 outreach to minority communities

Flu shot A UF Health staff member gets a flu shot recently. Lou Brems

UF Health study shows flu vaccination might confer protection against severe COVID-19

smartwatch UF Health and UF computer scientists are developing a smartwatch app that notifies users when they touch their face. It’s hoped the app will help prevent the spread of respiratory illness such as COVID-19 and the flu. Lou Brems

UF Health researchers look to smartwatch app to fend off pandemic face touching