coronavirus

An array of cleaning supplies in rainbow order
Ever wonder what exactly is in your surface cleaners and disinfectant wipes, and how they work against bacteria? Engineering’s Eric Beckman explains the advantages and effects of common cleaning agents for household tasks.
A man in a gray dress shirt writes in a notebook while on the phone
Slouching on the couch? Wrists wrenched? Ergonomics expert April Chambers offers tips for adjusting your home workspace.
A map indicating organizations with relationships with Pitt colleagues
Interested in volunteering your time or making a connection in the Pittsburgh community? Use Pitt’s Engagement and Outreach Map to locate organizations and learn what connections have already been established.
A man and woman in white smile for the camera
The pandemic can be difficult for kids to understand—two medical students, one on a research year at Pitt, have written an illustrated book to help.
Justin LeWinter in a blue face mask standing next to a truck and a pile of cardboard boxes
In Pittsburgh’s Hill District, local organizations are connecting through weekly phone calls to help people and businesses in need. From delivering lunch boxes to a mask donation program, the spirit of community is alive, even while residents are apart.
Rory Cooper (left) with friend David Gifford (right) just before the 2020 virtual Pittsburgh Marathon
Last October, Rory Cooper crashed his handcycle during the early miles of a marathon. The director of Pitt’s Human Engineering Research Laboratories would go on to finish the remaining 23.2 miles, then spend four days in a coma. Read about his incredible recovery, and his long history of working to improve wheelchair users’ lives.
A depiction of a textile repelling elements
A team in the Swanson School of Engineering created a textile coating that can not only repel liquids like blood and saliva but also prevent viruses from adhering to the surface.
Burton Lee in a dark blue suit and light blue collared shirt
Critical care docs Burton Lee and Megan Acho have developed peer-reviewed videos to help train doctors outside the field use ventilators on COVID-19 patients. Lee says his medical colleagues’ willingness to learn and stretch during the pandemic has been one of its positive outcomes.