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Science Next swiftly explores the broad spectrum of scientific research taking place today using insights from the scientists closest to these topics. In less than two minutes, LSU's Paige Jarreau and WRKF's Adam Vos take a complex topic and show why it matters to you.

Mathematical Modelling And The COVID-19 Pandemic

Mar 3, 2021
Travis Lux

Some scientists and health experts are racing to find treatments and to develop a vaccine to stop the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. And others are saving lives in a different way, by developing mathematical models.

But what is a mathematical model, and how can it save lives?
A mathematical model works like a weather forecast. Based on things we know about COVID-19 today, a model can predict how many people it will affect, where, and when. Models also help us predict how well different mitigation strategies like face masks will work.

Covid-19 Testing And Virus Monitoring

Feb 12, 2021
Louisiana State University

It’s becoming increasingly clear our era will be defined by a fundamental split: the period before COVID-19, and the new normal that will emerge in the post-viral era. Physical distancing and total lockdowns may not be enough to push us into our new normal. Testing remains a critical component to overcoming the coronavirus. 

LSU Professors Stephania Cormier, a respiratory immunologist, and Rebecca Christofferson, an emerging viruses expert, developed a saliva-based test to help track COVID-19 in K-12 school children and teachers in Baton Rouge.