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Tuesday September 21st

2020 Coronavirus Outbreak


DTH Photo Illustration. Parts of southeast North Carolina have chemicals in the water that may contribute to more severe COVID-19 symptoms.

Chemicals in some North Carolina drinking water may worsen COVID-19 effects

These chemicals, called GenX, are present in the Cape Fear River and could be putting residents at risk by suppressing their immune systems and causing other health issues.  GenX is a member of a family of human-made chemical compounds known as PFAS. GenX exposure is associated with increased risk of health problems in animal studies, including issues in the kidney, liver, immune system and others. Research has shown from human and animal studies that PFAS exposure may reduce antibody response to vaccines and may reduce infectious disease resistance.

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Graphic of Heel Talk podcast

Heel Talk: Campus re-entry and sports preview for spring

On this special episode for the first day of UNC classes, host Evely Forte chats with University Desk reporters Heidi Perez-Moreno and Rachel Crumpler about what re-entry for students will look like this spring semester. They also talk about the University’s new COVID-testing program and technology being used for its implementation. Sports editor Jared McMasters previews the spring season for UNC sports teams. 

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Signage for students receiving their re-entry COVID test at the Frank Porter Graham Student Union is displayed in the gallery space on January 16, 2021.

Answering your questions about UNC's testing program

A distinct change from the fall to spring semester is the implementation of widespread COVID-19 testing. Asymptomatic testing will be offered at three locations across campus. The testing centers will use anterior nares PCR based tests — a noninvasive nasal swab. Frequency of testing varies for campus members.

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