EUGENE, Ore. --- The University of Oregon’s research department has been working tirelessly alongside Lane County Public Health to learn more about the coronavirus locally.
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, hopes remain for more testing availability, treatments or even a vaccine down the road. The University of Oregon is one of the schools across America leading the charge.
“I think we remain determined to work on this and not take no for an answer and jump every hurdle as we face it,” Cassandra Moseley Vice President of research at the University of Oregon said.
Moseley believes the concerted efforts of the research community into COVID-19 have led to unprecedented finds but she said more work still needs to be done.
“I think as a society and as a globe, the focus that we've had on learning about this disease has been amazing and what we've learned over a short period of time. There's so much to know. We've learned so much so quickly,” Moseley said.
The university is also now starting research into how the pandemic has changed the access to household goods and delivery services.
However, while the research takes time, Moseley said the best way to fight the virus is through the measures in place.
“Those kinds of things like washing your hands, staying home when you're sick. We have such a culture of 'I’m tough, I can go to work even though I don't feel so great' and those public health measures, while so basic are really frankly what's going to make a difference for us. And even though it's super difficult, connect to people online instead of having a party,” Moseley said.
With Lane County Public Health working in partnership with the University of Oregon, testing availability continues to increase in the area. The hope is to see falling case numbers and get more answers.