Since the earliest days of the coronavirus pandemic, faculty at the University of Michigan School of Public Health have shared their expertise to help keep the public informed about the virus, mitigation strategies, and other related public health topics. This page is updated daily with new news articles, podcasts, and other relevant content. 




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Web App, Dashboard From University of Michigan to Inform Michiganders' Return to Work

In collaboration with the University of Michigan College of Engineering and the School of Information, University of Michigan School of Public Health experts have developed online tools designed to help local and state officials reopen the economy safely while allowing them to identify, respond to potential coronavirus hot spots and outbreaks.

The tools include a COVID-19 symptom checklist web application and COVID-19 dashboard that provides real time, visualized data for officials to easily identify areas where the new coronavirus presents a higher risk, and for the public to understand the pandemic status in their community and across the state.

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Returning to Work Safely During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Public health includes both protecting people from coronavirus AND getting people back to work as safely as possible. They are not mutually exclusive. Without a vaccine, we must use other layers of protection, called "stacked practices." This short animated video explains the stacked practices we all need to take as we begin returning to work, based on the research and expertise of Michigan Public Health faculty. By following these measures together, we can get back to work swiftly and safely. Without them, we’ll be jeopardizing our health and our economy.



Explaining the Spread of Coronavirus with an Iceberg Analogy

The transmission of coronavirus is like an iceberg: what you can't see can hurt you. Many people infected with the disease show few or no symptoms, but as carriers, they can still infect others. This short video from the University of Michigan School of Public Health helps explain why "stay at home" and "social distancing" directives are imperative to stop the spread of coronavirus.


How Coronavirus Infections Show Up (or Don't) in a Population

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to who is infected with coronavirus and who is capable of transmitting it. Testing in China tells us that many more people exhibit mild or no symptoms than those who show symptoms. Learn more about the "continuum of infection in a population" in this short video, narrated by Dr. Sharon Kardia, professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.




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Population Healthy Podcast Special Edition: Coronavirus Pandemic

Produced by the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Population Healthy is a podcast that digs into important public health topics that impact our everyday lives. Listen as experts come together to discuss population health issues from a variety of perspectives—from the microscopic to the macroeconomic, the social to the environmental—and to explore the factors that affect the health of all of us at a population level.

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The University of Michigan is maintaining a full list of faculty experts who are available to respond to media inquiries.

To speak with one of our experts, contact Nardy Baeza Bickel at 616-550-4531 or



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