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Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

March 23, 2020
University Communications
Lab testing featuring an arm in a white lab coat and purple glove working with a blue lab instrument

Laboratory testing conducted at Carolina. (Photo: Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

As the state copes with the growing crisis over the novel coronavirus, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty members are sharing their expertise and guidance to help the people of North Carolina adapt to these challenging times.

Faculty members have developed a COVID-19 test. They are also searching for a treatment, hosting webinars and publishing online resources, using their knowledge and experience for the public good.

“Throughout its 226 years, Carolina has directly experienced events that changed us, our nation and the world. With each change, the Tar Heels of those times had to find new ways to face those challenges, advance and thrive.”

Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz


Researchers at Carolina are working quickly to find practical and innovative solutions to the new challenges created by COVID-19. They are working to find new medicines and developing tests that provide fast results to better prepare, protect and treat our state.



Epidemiologist Ralph Baric and his lab in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are testing a new broad-spectrum antiviral drug that could potentially be a relief to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Watch a video of Tim Sheahan, a virologist in Baric’s lab, describe research undertaken at Carolina on coronaviruses. Sheahan is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology within the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.



An in-house COVID-19 test at the UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill will help ease demand on State Health Department and LabCorp. UNC School of Medicine professor Melissa Miller led the development of the test, based on a World Health Organization assay.

Watch a video of Melissa Miller, director of the Clinical Molecular Microbiology Laboratory for UNC Hospitals, describe COVID-19 testing at UNC Hospitals.


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