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COVID-19: What We Know

 While our community at the University of Wyoming has managed to move forward with a traditional fall semester without a major spike in COVID-19 cases, the pandemic is lingering here and across Wyoming and the nation. Many people are still getting sick, and way too many are dying. That’s largely because of misinformation and misunderstanding about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines and the wearing of masks, as well as about the virus itself. As directed by the university’s Board of Trustees in August, UW has produced a series of six short educational videos that address these topics, featuring our own scientific experts. As Wyoming’s research university, we have an obligation to provide factual, scientific information to the state so that we can emerge from this devastating pandemic. These videos are part of an effort to fulfill that responsibility – and to help our citizens make the best decisions for their health and the health of others.

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About Virology

Dr. Don Jarvis, a University of Wyoming Department of Molecular Biology professor, has been studying and teaching about virology for 32 years. In this video, he explains how COVID-19 variants can continue to evolve, possibly returning us to severe restrictions. How do we avoid this scenario? Watch to learn more.

About Testing

Dr. Penelope Shihab, one of the founders of the University of Wyoming Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, discusses who needs to get tested for COVID-19 and the different types of testing. Discover the latest recommendations—plus information on free testing—in this informative video. Free testing resources are available in Wyoming with the Department of Health and on-campus.

About Masks

University of Wyoming Biocontainment Facility Director Dr. Elizabeth D. Case, an assistant professor of veterinary sciences, discusses the nitty gritty of masks. As someone who studies pathogens that spread via aerosols, she knows a thing or two about the subject. In this video, Dr. Case explains how masks work to help reduce COVID-19 transmission and how to choose a mask that’s comfortable and effective.

About Vaccines

University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy Dean Dr. Kem Krueger explains the process by which the three U.S. COVID-19 vaccines were approved for use. Did you know that more people have used these three vaccines than almost any other type of vaccine? Plus, they have been evaluated more than most other vaccines and medications currently on the market.

About Pulling Together

University of Wyoming Director of Student Health Service Mary Beth Bender, a primary care nurse practitioner, discusses how we can all pull together to keep one another healthy—and continue to attend classes, work and social activities in person. Do you know how wearing a mask and getting vaccinated can actually increase your freedom and save you money? Watch the video for answers.

Additional Health Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Wyoming Health Department


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