Resources for Duke University and Duke Health COVID-19 Response
Duke University and Duke Health continue to monitor and respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The most up to date information and resources can be found here:
Navigating the Unexpected
Duke-Led Team Finds Why Women May Be Better Equipped to Fight COVID
When it comes to COVID-19, women seem to be the stronger sex, suffering severe disease at about half the rate as men, but the reason for this has been elusive. Now a chance experiment by an ophthalmology researcher at Duke Health has led to an insight: Women have more of a certain type of immune cell that fights infections in mucosal tissue, and these immune cells amass in the lungs, poised to attack the COVID virus.
Implementing Teleophthalmology in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
To maintain the continuity of care during the unprecedented and sudden change in practice patterns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teleophthalmology was rapidly implemented at Duke Eye Center in late March 2020. Duke ophthalmology faculty Dilraj Grewal, MD, associate professor of ophthalmology and Divakar Gupta, MD, assistant professor of ophthalmology initiated a study to report the initial experience with teleophthalmology, using existing infrastructure, in a large tertiary care academic eye center during the first 4 weeks of the North Carolina statewide stay at home order.