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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updates

COVID-19 news releases and experts

 As a land-grant university, Kansas State University is actively involved in the fight against COVID-19, including research projects, outreach efforts and faculty experts. Learn more through this list of news releases and expert sources, which are organized by topic.

Research | Outreach | Education | Agriculture | Family life | Food safety


Biosecurity Research InstituteInfectious disease expert offers road map for future COVID-19 research; investigates potential therapeutic options

A Kansas State University infectious disease scientist and collaborators are offering a possible research road map to find the answers to COVID-19 questions.
Experts: Jürgen A. Richtjricht@vet.k-state.edu; and Stephen Higgsshiggs@bri.k-state.edu
Read the news release.

Yunjeong Kim and Kyeong-Ok "KC" ChangLicensed technology for  coronavirus  antiviral drug 

 Kansas State University has licensed a technology that may lead to the production of an antiviral drug to treat coronaviruses and noroviruses.
Expert: Yunjeong  Kim,  ykim@vet.k-state.edu
Read the news release.

K-State expands licensing agreement for COVID-19 antiviral treatment

Researchers from Kansas State University are doing their part to help discover a treatment for COVID-19 through a second licensing agreement with Cocrystal Pharma. 
Expert: Yunjeong  Kim,  ykim@vet.k-state.edu
Read the news release.

K-State veterinary faculty target new ways to confront COVID-19

Scientific work continues in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University to better understand and confront the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease.
Expert: Derek Mosier,  dmosier@vet.k-state.edu
Read the news release.


Coronavirus testingK-State begins offering COVID-19 testing for university students, employees

Kansas State University is helping combat the coronavirus pandemic by developing important diagnostic tests and offering testing services for the university community.
Experts: Kyle Goerllafene@k-state.edu; and
Jamie Henningsonclientcare@vet.k-state.edu

Read the news release.

Lab supplies from K-StateTackling COVID-19: K-Staters taking on the challenge to help locally and globally

Kansas State University faculty and staff have been helping local and state efforts to battle COVID-19 by contributing their time and expertise as well as university resources.
Experts: Peter Dorhout, dorhout@k-state.edu; and Bonnie Rush, vetdean@k-state.edu
Read the news release.

Fabric masksFace time: K-State projects creating face shields, cloth masks

Area health care organizations are getting custom-made face shields and cloth face masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, courtesy of Kansas State University.
Expert: Jonathan Dessi-Olivejdessiolive@k-state.edu
Read the news release.

Technology Development Institute
Technology Development Institute assists state's small businesses, manufacturers with Great Plains TMC initiative

The Technology Development Institute has assembled a COVID-19 resource guide and is disseminating this information through the Great Plains Technology and Manufacturing Cluster initiative.
Read the news release.

Art department aids in production of PPE face shields for health care workers

The art department is collaborating with a College of Architecture, Planning & Design club to produce PPE face shields for local health care workers using 3D printing technology.
Expert: Owen Oertling, oertling@k-state.edu
Read the announcement.


Online classesRemote learning and distance education: Higher education

K-State has created resources to help universities transition to online/remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic. One initiative is called Keep Teaching: Resources for Higher Ed and it's an online community among the first of its kind in the U.S. 
Expert: Katie Linder,  kelinder@k-state.edu
Read the news release.

Student writingRemote learning  and distance education: P-12 

The K-State College of Education's Remote Learning P-12 community is a place where educators and parents can share innovative ideas and resources that support student success.
Expert: Thomas Vontz,  tvontz@k-state.edu
Read the news release.



Cow in field
Model of beef cattle, transportation industries as critical infrastructures reveals vulnerabilities
Cow in fieldK-State keeping rural, urban Kansans on the forefront of COVID-19 knowledge
Livestock prices

Temporary packing plant closures and changes in meat demand linked to the coronavirus pandemic have driven cattle and hog prices lower.
Expert: Glynn Tonsor, gtonsor@k-state.edu 
Read the news release.

Coping with volatile farm commodity prices

Agricultural producers should seek to control costs and increase liquidity as much as possible given the current upheaval linked to the COVID-19 outbreak. 
Expert: Brian Briggeman, 785-532-2573,  bbrigg@k-state.edu
Read the news release.

Family life

Megan McCoy
K-State financial planning therapist co-develops MoneyTalk digital tool; offers tips to cope with COVID-19 financial stress
Helping children cope with crisis  

Children and adults react to crisis differently. Learn to recognize the  warning signs in children. 
Expert: Bradford Wiles, 785-532-1939,  bwiles@k-state.edu 
Read the news release.

Children and anxiety 

An important component to managing anxiety and taking care of others is to take care of oneself first, says K-State child development specialist Bradford Wiles. 
Expert: Bradford Wiles, 785-532-1939,  bwiles@k-state.edu 
Read the news release.

Children  learning at  home 

Reading with children is an important way in which parents can help them continue learning while schools are closed.
Expert: Bradford Wiles, 785-532-1939,  bwiles@k-state.edu 
Read the news release.

Food safety

Food packaging and coronavirus 

While food and food packaging does not seem to be a source of contamination for the novel coronavirus, Karen Blakeslee still urges consumers to use common food safety practices.
Expert: Karen Blakeslee, 785-532-1673,  kblakesl@k-state.edu
Read the news release.

Foods from farm animals considered safe from COVID-19 

Proteins produced by livestock are safe to eat. People do not have to worry about those products carrying COVID-19 to the population. 
Expert: Gregg  Hanzlicek, 785-532-5650,  gahanz@k-state.edu  
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Shopping during a quarantine 

 Planning for meals you plan to eat is the best strategy for limiting trips to the grocery store during a quarantine. 
Expert: Sandy Procter, 785-532-1675,  procter@k-state.edu
Read the news release.