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Released: 9-Apr-2020 4:55 PM EDT
Ask the expert: MSU veterinarian dispels myths about pets and COVID-19
Michigan State University

Since first hearing about the COVID-19 outbreak in China, media outlets around the world have reported on strains of the virus originating in animals, on pets testing positive for the virus and most recently, on a tiger testing positive for COVID-19 at the Bronx Zoo. Annette O’Connor – chairperson of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and professor of Epidemiology at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine – says that there are seven different types of coronaviruses and that the Centers for Disease Control doesn’t believe the COVID-19 strain can be transmitted to domestic animals.

Released: 9-Apr-2020 2:50 PM EDT
FSU Experts ready to provide perspective on unprecedented unemployment
Florida State University

By: Mark Blackwell Thomas | Published: April 9, 2020 | 2:35 pm | SHARE: As the impact of the COVID-19 grows, the U.S. labor market has been especially hard hit. With an estimated 15 million Americans filing for unemployment benefits in the past three weeks, the rate of job loss in the nation is unprecedented.   Unemployment claims are expected to surge as the pandemic continues and millions of laid-off Americans are wondering if their jobs are ever coming back.

Released: 9-Apr-2020 11:10 AM EDT
FaceTime, Faith and Zoom’ing Through Holy Week; UNH Expert on Worshipping During COVID-19
University of New Hampshire

For most religions, coming together as a community to worship is at the core of their practice, but during this unique and unsettling time of mask wearing and social distancing praying together can be a challenge as many churches remain closed during the coronavirus pandemic. Michele Dillon, a scholar of Catholicism and professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire, finds that during one of the most holy periods on the Christian calendar clergy and parishioners are learning to make the liturgy work as online events, while continuing to follow COVID-19 guidelines.

Newswise: Hungry for a Fresh Start to Stay Healthy and Calm in Anxious Times? Experts Share Insights in Webinar Series
Released: 9-Apr-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Hungry for a Fresh Start to Stay Healthy and Calm in Anxious Times? Experts Share Insights in Webinar Series
Monday Campaigns

Members of the restaurant and foodservice community are among the groups that are most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In these anxious times, it’s more important than ever to take care of our physical and emotional health. Dr/Chef Rob Graham, Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of FRESH Medicine and Peggy Neu, President of The Monday Campaigns, will share advice for staying healthy and managing stress during these challenging times.

Released: 8-Apr-2020 3:40 PM EDT
FSU expert available to comment on coronavirus impact on UK government
Florida State University

By: Bill Wellock | Published: April 8, 2020 | 1:43 pm | SHARE: As COVID-19 continues to sweep across the globe, the virus has infected Boris Johnson, prime minister of the United Kingdom. Johnson has delegated authority to other members of his administration while he is receiving care. Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II addressed the nation in a rare public broadcast calling for optimism and resolve in the face of the pandemic.

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Released: 8-Apr-2020 1:50 PM EDT
FSU researcher available to comment on unintended environmental impacts of COVID-19
Florida State University

By: Anna Prentiss | Published: April 8, 2020 | 12:44 pm | SHARE: As people around the world isolate in their homes to prevent the spread of COVID-19, research indicates there may be some positive environmental outcomes.Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Jeff Chanton from the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science (EOAS) said data show significant decreases in air pollution since January 2020.

Newswise: Expert Q&A: Cancer, COVID-19 and Mental Health
Released: 8-Apr-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Expert Q&A: Cancer, COVID-19 and Mental Health

Cancer patients and survivors had a lot to deal with before the COVID-19 pandemic began. Now, the stress of coping with a chronic condition and the threat of catching the infectious respiratory illness is creating additional anxiety for patients handling both. Psychiatrist Scott Irwin, MD, PhD, addresses the top mental health concerns of cancer patients and survivors and offers advice about how to handle them.

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