Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, people hoped that the pandemic would end through ”herd immunity,” a scenario in which most people have antibodies from vaccination or prior infection and the virus slowly stops spreading because there are few new individuals to infect.
At USC, researchers are advocating for a new approach to predict the chance of infection from Covid-19: combining anonymized cellphone location data with mobility patterns—broad patterns of how people move from place to place.
The strain of COVID-19 virus that was circulating in the United States and Europe during the first wave of the pandemic may have been particularly infectious because the most common first symptom was likely a cough, according to a study led by researchers from the University of Southern California.
Asthmatics who have their illness well under control have less severe COVID-19 outcomes than those with uncontrolled asthma, according to a large study conducted by USC and Kaiser Permanente Southern California.
A new study by Keck School of Medicine (KSOM) researchers reveals how therapies targeting a molecular chaperone called GRP78 might offer additional protection against COVID-19 and other coronaviruses that emerge in the future.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. During February, American Heart Month, Keck Medicine of USC experts discuss how the pandemic has affected people with heart disease and what patients can do to protect their health.