New research from the University of Georgia suggests that beefed-up contact tracing and testing could be a viable alternative to lockdowns and quarantines.
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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S., the reaction was sweeping -- schools closed, restaurants were shuttered, many descended into self-quarantine, and mask wearing and social distancing were touted as ways to prevent the spread of the disease. But those measures came at a massive societal and economic cost.

Three UGA faculty members - J. Marshall Shepherd, Mary Ann Moran and Gregory H. Robinson - have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences
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J. Marshall Shepherd, Mary Ann Moran and Gregory H. Robinson elected by peers for contributions to research

The University of Georgia was named a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Students for the fourth time in the last decade by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs after Fulbright awards were given to 14 UGA students and alumni for 2020-2021. The Fulbright Program is a premier international educational exchange program sponsored by the Department of State, however many recipients of the international travel-study grants have faced delayed or deferred start dates as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Yesterday, the University of Georgia announced the return to full in-person instruction for the upcoming fall semester.

Due to the wider availability of vaccines, the University of Georgia will resume normal operations in the fall, including a return to full in-person instruction, full capacity in the residence halls and dining facilities, as well as regular operations for other campus services, according to UGA Today.

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I am very pleased to see that participation in UGA’s surveillance testing has remained strong in the days leading up to winter break. 

Testing at the Legion Field site will continue through December 23, and I urge all asymptomatic students, faculty and staff to take advantage of these free surveillance tests, especially if you plan to be with loved ones over the holidays.

The university will resume testing on January 4, and capacity at the Legion Field site and pop-up locations will be expanded for a period of three weeks.