News Clips | May 21, 2021

The severity of COVID-19 will likely decrease over time, study finds

A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Utah explored whether or not COVID-19 will eventually become less dangerous to consumers’ health. The team’s work showed that exposure to the virus, whether by contracting it or by getting vaccinated, may eventually make the virus a seasonal issue. They explained that the severity of infections will likely decline as consumers’ immune systems get used to the virus. However, it’s important to be aware of some lingering potential risks.

Will COVID-19 Eventually Become Just a Seasonal Nuisance?

Scientists at the University of Utah carried out the research, now published in the journal Viruses. “This shows a possible future that has not yet been fully addressed,” says Fred Adler, PhD, professor of mathematics and biological sciences at the U. “Over the next decade, the severity of COVID-19 may decrease as populations collectively develop immunity.”

COVID-19 could become like common cold in future, study suggests

"This shows a possible future that has not yet been fully addressed," said Fred Adler, a professor of mathematics and biological sciences at the University of Utah in the US. "Over the next decade, the severity of COVID-19 may decrease as populations collectively develop immunity," Adler said.

Paying to work? Gephardt breaks down hidden costs of working from home

University of Utah David Eccles School of Business professor Glen Kreiner has studied work-from-home costs since long before the pandemic. He said a permanent widescale shift to work-from-home gives workers leverage. "There's a difference between trying this at-home work for a few months or a year, versus doing it for your whole career," said Kreiner. "There's a difference between, 'Here's something I want and I'm willing to incur the cost,' versus something that's being forced on me."

Utah doctors discuss whether COVID-19 vaccine can affect fertility

As with any new vaccine, the uneasiness when it comes to such an important aspect of our health is to be expected, said Dr. Erin Clark, maternal fetal medicine specialist at University of Utah Health. "I think it's natural for people to be wary and scared in the time of COVID … we try to be really open about what we know and don't know, but this is one of those concerns that we should lay to rest," Clark said. "But I don't minimize that it's a legitimate concern. People have legitimate questions and concerns around everything surrounding COVID."

Mathematical model predicts COVID-19 will become a seasonal flu

The investigation, led by scientists at the University of Utah, has signified that the COVID-19 causing SARS-CoV-2 may lose some of its deadly characteristics over time, becoming more akin to a seasonal flu, with mild symptoms of coughing and sniffling.

Will COVID-19 eventually become a seasonal nuisance?

Findings suggest that changes in the disease may be caused by adaptation of the immune response rather than changes in the virus itself. Adler was a senior author of the publication, along with Alexander Beams, the first author and graduate student of the University of Utah’s Department of Mathematics and Epidemiology, and co-author of the department, Rebecca Bateman.

Dementia-competent workforce, career advancement keys to improving Alzheimer’s care: Senate committee

Developing a dementia-competent workforce and providing career advancement opportunities will help strengthen direct care workforce recruitment and retention, leading to a better quality of life for people living with dementia and their families. Mark Supiano, M.D., chief of the Division of Geriatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine and executive director of the University of Utah Center on Aging, cited statistics from the Alzheimer’s Association that there are now six million Americans living with the disease.