Predicting COVID-19 in Oregon: it’s all in the numbers

Available in Spanish Peter Graven isn’t a fortune-teller, but he tries his best to predict the future. Graven, director of Oregon Health & Science University’s (OHSU) Office of Advanced Analytics, has helped people in Oregon make sense of the pandemic with  regular forecasts that began in March 2020. As complex as COVID-19 data collection and […]

“Plug and Play” mRNA technology works fast, updating vaccines in months

Available in Spanish The COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna use messenger RNA (mRNA) technology, which allows scientists to test, deliver and modify the vaccines quickly. The ability to adapt quickly is on full display this summer. On June 28, as Omicron BA.5 became the predominant COVID-19 variant in the United States, the U.S. […]

The science behind false negative COVID-19 tests

Available in Spanish COVID-19 tests are extremely reliable when they give a positive result, but a negative result can’t always be trusted. False negatives test results are tests that show a negative result even when the person is infected with the COVID-19 virus, and they are common. “If you have any COVID-19-like symptoms, you should […]

What we know about COVID-19 reinfections

Available in Spanish Measles and COVID-19 are caused by two of the most contagious viruses on the planet. When most people recover from measles the immunity acquired is likely to last for the rest of their lives. This is not true for people who recover from COVID-19. Some people have already been infected with COVID-19 […]

Tips for a fun and safe summer

Available in Spanish With vacation from school and extra hours of daylight, summer provides more time and opportunities to get out, explore or get together with friends and family. Now that COVID-19 vaccinations are available for everyone age 6 months and older, families can reduce their risk of infection and illness by being up to […]

Novavax becomes fourth COVID-19 vaccine authorized by FDA

Available in Spanish Update 7/28: Novavax is available in Oregon. Yesterday, July 13, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized for emergency use the COVID-19 vaccine Novavax for adults age 18 and older. The Novavax vaccine is different from the other three vaccines available in the United States. It does not use mRNA technology […]

Art projects make COVID-19 vaccinations fun at Tektronix

Available in Spanish Thursdays are special days at the COVID-19 vaccination and booster clinic at Tektronix in Beaverton. On Thursdays, a long, colorful table — covered in doodles, blobs of molding clay, markers, colored pencils and other  art supplies — awaits children after they brave their COVID-19 vaccination. The Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP), a […]

Spread of BA.4 and BA.5 COVID-19 subvariants reinforces need for vaccination and boosters

Available in Spanish The BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants are now the predominant COVID-19 variants in Oregon and across the United States. They have led to rising COVID-19-related hospitalizations, including ICU admissions. BA.4 and BA.5 are slightly more transmissible than the BA.2 Omicron subvariant, which was significantly more transmissible than the early COVID-19 variants. While […]