The Relationship Between the Environment and the Coronavirus

Coronavirus and the Environment

The LSU College of the Coast & Environment stands ready to adapt and overcome as we seek to understand the forces that shape our complex world. We are responding rapidly and decisively in helping with the COVID-19 crisis.

Several of our laboratories have donated personal protective equipment, including gloves, N95 masks, face shields, eye protection, disposable lab coats, and shoe covers. Dr. Mark Benfield has begun tracking COVID-19 medical litter in the environment and is asking for citizen scientists to help by sending geotagged-photos of discarded gloves and masks to covid19waste@gmail.com. Moreover, Research Specialist Bill Gibson and a team of innovators from the LSU College of Agriculture, College of the Coast & Environment, College of Science, and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety have developed an ultraviolet light-powered mobile decontamination unit, called “SaniTiger,” that increases the usability of personal protective equipment.

In addition to these activities, we remain committed to our mission to educate students and the public even beyond the gates of campus by providing the information below.

The Relationship Between the Environment and the Coronavirus

Sponsored by LSU's College of the Coast & Environment, School of Public Health, and School of Veterinary Medicine.

 

Welcome and Opening Comments
Christopher D’Elia, Professor and Dean, LSU College of the Coast & Environment

  • Pathogens Emerging: the Need for One Health Teams 
    Joel Baines, Dean and Dr. Kenneth F. Burns Chair in Veterinary Medicine, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
  • First SARS-CoV, then MERS, and now SARS-CoV-2: The Pandemic Potentials of Beta Coronaviruses 
    Jim Diaz, Professor and Program Director, Environmental/Occupational Health Sciences MPH, LSU School of Public Health
  • Q & A 
    Moderated by Fabio Del Piero, Professor, Pathobiological Sciences, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Closing Remarks
    Christopher D’Elia, Professor and Dean, LSU College of the Coast & Environment

Models, Testing, and Antiviral Drugs: Essential Components for Returning to the Workplace

 

This webinar discusses, scientifically, the essential components necessary for returning to the workplace in the time of coronavirus. First, Dr. Rebecca Christofferson, assistant professor of pathobiological sciences at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, discusses the strengths and weaknesses of mathematical COVID models. Following that, Dr. Joel Baines, the dean and Dr. Kenneth F. Burns Chair at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, talks about the limitations of and information provided by testing for SARS-CoV-2 antigens and antibodies. Then, we conclude with information on antiviral drugs and vaccines from Dr. Jim Diaz, the Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and Director of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans.