Jacobs School COVID-19 Resource Site

The Jacobs School is following the University's recommendation to “maximize distance learning” for classes and learning experiences where possible.

Admissions During the COVID-19 Pandemic

We know you have questions about how the coronavirus (COVID-19) could impact your impending enrollment, especially if you are traveling to us.

Students, Trainees, Faculty and Staff

Information specific to medical students, residents, fellows, graduate and undergraduate students is available on our password-protected site.

Access requires a valid UBITname and password.


Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, has been appointed to serve on the Western New York Control Room, which monitors statistics related to COVID-19 in the region.


Sourav Sengupta, MD, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry, has compiled a list of helpful advice for health care workers dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.


Department of Psychiatry faculty have stepped up to provide help for health care workers in Western New York who are dealing with high levels of stress and anxiety related to COVID-19.


Timothy F. Murphy, MD, director of the UB Community Health Equity Research Institute, was invited to testify at a New York State Legislature hearing regarding COVID-19 and health disparities.

Initially spurred by fears of a shortage of mechanical ventilators to treat COVID-19 patients, researchers have been developing a low-cost way of mechanizing resuscitators that are commonly found in ambulances and emergency rooms.

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences researchers Gabriel Anaya, MD, and Sarah G. Mullin are putting their statistical skills to use in real time in the fight against COVID-19.


A study led by Brian Clemency, DO, associate professor of emergency medicine, sheds new light on the link between early COVID-19 symptoms and eventual positive test results.


Omar S. Alibrahim, MD, clinical associate professor of pediatrics, is a co-author on the international COVID-19 guidelines for patients who will need to go on life support machines during their course of treatment.


A University at Buffalo-led research team is developing plans to 3D print safe, effective and reusable N95-like respirators.

Jacobs School Faculty Experts on COVID-19

Researchers in the Department of Biomedical Informatics are now turning to modeling the effects of reopening the economy and the impact of interventions, such as face masks. Gabriel Anaya, MD, a trainee in the clinical informatics fellowship, is quoted: “We know that if half the population uses face masks we can mitigate increasing cases. But it depends on how consistent people are with face mask use.”
WGRZ.com published an article on “Berry Bunny Learns About COVID-19,” an illustrated story created by Natalie Tjota and Sara Xu, third-year students in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, to explain the virus to children. The story is available in English, Spanish and Chinese.
Articles on whether flying is safe during the coronavirus quotes Thomas A. Russo, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases. “I would think that you could control spacing and time that you might be exposed to individuals who might be infectious unbeknownst to you more easily as you’re entering the airport and during the boarding process, than when you’re on the flight,” he said. 
An article in the Buffalo News on how patients with heart symptoms have postponed seeing doctors because of the coronavirus quotes Vijay S. Iyer, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. “Too many people withstood symptoms, fearful of contracting the virus if they went to an emergency room or doctor’s office. Those who waited included people with chest pains already aware they had uncontrolled blood pressure, clogged arteries, atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure,” Iyer says. “The message we’ve been trying to send for at least the last two weeks is that if you have a medical condition that needs attention, or you’re not sure you should get attention, don’t wait because you have a perception that hospitals are unsafe. Hospitals have gone over and above to make sure that patients who have the coronavirus are not a risk to either health care professionals or to non-coronavirus patients."
In a story about whether offensive linemen in football might be more susceptible to being infected with the novel coronavirus, Thomas A. Russo, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, said: “They’re the ones who are in the trenches getting pelted with respiratory secretions. You’re in someone’s face every play and breathing hard, and you’re in these piles all the time. They might get a huge viral load if someone on the field was infected.”
Thomas A. Russo, MD, professor of medicine and chair of the Division of Infectious Diseases, was featured in a report on staying safe from COVID-19 while engaging in outside activities. “In the long run, getting out is healthier than staying in,” Russo said. “We know that outdoor activities are much safer than indoor activities when you’re potentially interacting with someone that could be infectious.”
Thomas A. Russo, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, published an article featuring tips on how to stay safe from coronavirus while eating out. “Menus are a bit more problematic, depending on the material. Plastic menus could be disinfected. Disposable menus would be more ideal,” Russo writes. “Remember, even if someone touches a surface that has infectious virus, as long as they don’t touch their mouth, nose or eyes they should be safe. So, when in doubt, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.” 
Thomas A. Russo, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, was quoted in Vulture magazine discussing when Americans will feel safe going to movies. “First, for people getting into the theater, there needs to be appropriate spacing,” Russo said, in a way similar to how grocery stores have been operating during the pandemic. “Two, everyone should wear masks — people who are selling the tickets and the people going into the theater. Three, no food or drinks, because to eat or drink, you have to take off your mask. Then, in the theater, you’ll want to separate people with the maximum distance, with staggered seating. Then, when they exit the theater, you want them to leave in some sort of orderly fashion so it’s not a herd that clusters at the exit.”
Timothy F. Murphy, MD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of medicine and director of UB’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, was one of nine physician-scientists featured in a story about the atmosphere surrounding clinical research during the pandemic. “In clinical research, we spend a lot of time trying to gain people’s trust,” he said. “There’s a certain mistrust among some people: ‘I don’t want to be a guinea pig, you’re using me.’ It’s almost like the culture around clinical research has changed in this environment. People are beating down our doors to be part of these clinical trials.”


Public Health Information

Building Closed to the Public

The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building is closed to the public until further notice.

Many employees are working from home. Call or email before attempting to visit offices in the building.

COVID-19 Hotline

The Erie County Department of Health has created a hotline for COVID-19 related calls: 716-858-2929

CDC Travel Advisories

CDC Travel Advisories are being updated and changed frequently. Travelers should visit the CDC's advisories website for the latest notices.

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