COVID & Community: Learning how coronavirus affects us all

Middlebury College students in Prof. Lindsay Repka’s fall Biochem class took an in-depth look at the science of coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. In their studies they saw how this pandemic reaches beyond the proteins, RNA and other building blocks of life to affect people in so many aspects of their everyday lives. They reached out to experts and regular people in Addison County to understand the broad reaching implications of COVID-19 and put together a package of more than a dozen scientif … (read more)

COVID-19: Addison County sounds off about coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus, pandemic, COVID-19, masks — we hear these terms every day. In a time when our nation is divided socially, economically and politically, this pandemic is a collective experience from which no one is immune. And yet, we are facing the challenge … (read more)

What is the coronavirus and how does it attack?

To understand how COVID-19 impacts our lives, we must first address the basics of the virus that causes it — what it is, what it looks like, how it attacks our bodies, and how our immune system fights back. The novel coronavirus, also known as SARS-CoV-2, … (read more)

How COVID-19 spreads

COVID-19 can spread in many different ways. It can transmit from person to person both directly and indirectly. It can also transmit from animals to humans and from humans to animals. SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) was likely first transmitte … (read more)

Models suggest how to get to herd immunity

In a survey our biochemistry class distributed, we asked Addison County residents to share their concerns about COVID-19 vaccines. Interestingly, 57% of the 349 respondents indicated that a vaccine would not be effective at ending the pandemic because not … (read more)

New vaccines play off a long tradition of disease fighting

COVID-19 has led scientists to search for the right vaccine that will help us end this pandemic. The newest forms of vaccines are being developed meticulously, informed by centuries of vaccine research, and have shown great promise. While all the scientif … (read more)

Bristol’s Missy Holland offers a picture of the pandemic we can relate to (video)

Missy Holland, like most Vermonters, has been spending time at home in Bristol during the COVID-19 pandemic, navigating the world of virtual interaction over Zoom and finding time to walk with friends (physically distanced and masked, of course). A retire … (read more)

Racist stereotypes fuel discrimination against Asians and Asian Americans during pandemic

Racism is a belief system that cannot be completely eradicated. Although many institutions, public health administration, racial justice organizations, and individuals work to take actions against racism, it is still prevalent in the United States. And th … (read more)

What Addison County said in the ‘COVID and Community’ Survey

Students in a biochemistry course at Middlebury College, in developing the COVID and Community stories, developed and distributed a survey about COVID-19 in fall 2020. The survey was open from Oct. 29 through Nov. 17. They received responses from 349 part … (read more)

Safely speeding up development of COVID-19 vaccines

A COVID-19 vaccine is likely the most efficient way to fight the coronavirus pandemic and return to normalcy. However, vaccines typically require years of development before wide distribution. The fastest vaccine development prior to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vac … (read more)

Treatment options for COVID-19 patients

Since March 2020, healthcare providers have been on the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic, adapting to new information and treatment options in order to achieve optimal patient outcomes. Vermont health professionals are no exception, and our local physic … (read more)

SARS-CoV-2: The Video Explainer

The coronavirus, also known as SARS-CoV-2, has drastically altered the way we live our day to day lives. Including social distancing, entering a quarantine that affected much of the nation last spring, and the hazards to our health, the uncertainty of thi … (read more)

Pandemic lays bare the systemic racism in our nation

Americans have been suffering the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic for more than nine months, though the severity of these effects varies across racial and ethnic groups. In the United States, both nationally and within Vermont, the systemic racism that p … (read more)

Open Door Clinic provides COVID-19 info and services to marginalized Vermonters

In a difficult time like this it is important for Vermont residents to understand the healthcare resources that are available, especially for treating COVID-19. During the pandemic the well-being of Vermont residents has been a top priority for officials … (read more)

Native American Reservations are suffering more in this pandemic because of historic lack of health care

There are many populations throughout the United States and the world that are disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. One of these groups is individuals living on the 326 Native American reservations in the United States, comprised of the 5 … (read more)