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Nurses need protective equipment, but supplies are dwindling worldwide

Personal protective equipment is a nurse’s “protection and shield” against the novel coronavirus, said Benjamin Klos, an instructor in the West Virginia University School of Nursing and registered nurse with WVU Medicine. Yet as more people seek medical care for COVID-19, nurses around the world are going through PPE faster than usual, diminishing stockpiles.

Moving your classes online? Here’s what you should know

The COVID-19 pandemic has shuttered classrooms from P-12 schools to the nation’s top universities and forced educators to quickly adapt instruction to the virtual realm. Online learning experts - William Beasley, Ugur Kale and Jiangmei Yuan - offer the following advice for educators who may now be online instructors for the first time. The three faculty members are part of the Instructional Design and Technology Program at the West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services

WVU Extension Service encourages families to incorporate physical activity into daily routine

As many families transition to remote work and schooling, making physical activity a part of that daily routine can provide many health benefits. Emily Murphy, childhood obesity prevention specialist with West Virginia University Extension Service offers some tips to help keep your family moving, while practicing social distancing and heeding the “Stay At Home” order in West Virginia.

WVU in the News: Telehealth can help flatten the curve for coronavirus

West Virginia University researchers launched a pilot program that uses technology to provide health care remotely with the end goal of keeping patients from returning to a hospital or entering a long-term care facility, and even possibly reducing the impact of the novel coronavirus.

WVU in the News: Medicare telehealth expansion vital in COVID-19 outbreak

With West Virginia reporting its first case of exposure to the new coronavirus this week, the use of telemedicine could be vital to keeping the state's older residents safe.  Stephen Davis, associate professor at the West Virginia University School of Public Health, is conducting a pilot program on telemedicine in the Mountain State. He says the Trump administration's expansion of telehealth for Medicare patients will help the state prevent high-risk individuals from being exposed to the virus in health-care environments. "Telehealth will enable us to be able to deliver some type of health care without having to have some type of interaction with healthcare workers that, sadly, may be infected or become infected themselves," says Davis.

WVU in the News: Rural America Isn't Ready for a Pandemic

In West Virginia, the health infrastructure—one required for a response to the coronavirus—has been hollowed out. Dr. Michael Brumage, director of the Preventive Medicine Residency Program in the School of Public Health and director of Cabin Creek Health Systems, explains why in an article he wrote for The Atlantic.