Wastewater treatment plant

Wastewater suggests Omicron is receding in US cities

New York, Boston, Denver, the Twin Cities, and San Diego have all likely peaked, according to sampling.

Suffering woman sitting on bed

Most side effects noted in COVID vaccine trials may be due to 'nocebo effect'

The nocebo effect can happen because of preconceived notions in volunteers.

Boxes of COVID test kits

COVID surges in many regions fuel steady global rise

Southeast Asia reported the steepest increase, followed by the Eastern Mediterranean region.

N95 respirator demonstration

Report outlines 8 steps for current, future pandemics

Steps include launching a US international pandemic preparedness project and appointing a global health security envoy.

Mom in bed with sick kid

Trial finds 5 days of antibiotics superior to 10 for kids with pneumonia

The shortened approach achieved a similar clinical response and resolution of symptoms.


University of Minnesota, Mayo building aerial view

Jan 12 2022
Washington Post 
editorial on how the omicron variant will challenge our ability to keep students, teachers and staff in the classroom, by Director Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, and Cory Anderson, MPH.

Dec 30 2021
Washington Post 
editorial on how the current omicron surge represents one of the greatest public health challenges of our lifetime, by Director Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, and Ezekiel J. Emanuel.

Dec 11 2021
Director Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, was interviewed by CNN to discuss the latest variants, the importance of boosters, and what's next for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dec 6 2021
Director Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, spoke with Time Magazine regarding the implications for organizations of the new Omicron variant. 

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The Osterholm Quote

“We are having a terrible time turning vaccines into vaccinations ... We're seeing major increases in cases presenting to hospitals in young kids, so we need to keep emphasizing the importance of getting these vaccines. ... Please, get your kids vaccinated."