Following recent announcements by South Carolina officials to scale up distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations, many members of the state and local communities remain concerned about whether getting the vaccine is right for them. The rapid development of multiple vaccines has spurred conversations around the country about rollouts, efficacy, and what’s next.
With a focus on both campus and community safety, health researchers and scientists at Clemson University are offering their insight into COVID-19 vaccines to help separate fact from fiction and provide science-based data about the vaccines available today.
To Cartmell, a worldwide pandemic was never far from her mind. She spent the first six years of her career as an epidemiologist in Georgia, managing disease surveillance systems and handling outbreak investigations in the community. As part of her job, pandemics have always been on her radar. Why? Her training taught her that one day a significant pandemic would occur because of how diseases shift from different animal populations to humans and how micro-organisms mutate over time.
Forecasting, trends and vaccination distribution are important parts of monitoring any infectious disease, including COVID-19. As an assistant professor biostatistics, Rennert studies the impacts of disease mitigation strategies on mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and on factors affecting disease severity in COVID-19 patients. Rennert engages in collaborative health research, and work involves the development and implementation of statistical techniques for public health and medical studies. He has also been heavily involved in the development and implementation of COVID-19 testing strategies and policies to mitigate disease spread at Clemson University.
A registered dietitian, Parisi has more than 20 years of experience working as a community nutritionist and clinical dietitian. Conducting research in the areas of community health, nutrition and wellness, and food systems, she has worked across the state of South Carolina helping to deliver premier programs to citizens to strengthen health outcomes.
Clemson University virologist Qanungo has spent much of his career studying viruses. With expertise in vaccine history and the science behind them, Qanungo knows history tells us no pandemic lasts forever. Still, individuals have to be careful and be prepared to protect themselves.
With over 25 years of nursing leadership and a focus on population health, rural sites, and diverse populations, Valentine understands the role nursing, medicine, and science play in community health. Educating hundreds of nursing students daily, she is instrumental in shaping future health care professionals. But her work beyond the classroom benefits another population: the elderly. Her research has made significant progress in building capacity for services for the aged within community health clinics, adult day centers, and community-based educational resources for family givers.
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