Current Covid-19 news

Current news from TUM about Covid-19 and the coronavirus Sars-CoV2: How we are researching solutions, informing the public and advising politics, supporting society with our own initiatives - and how we are keeping university operations running during this pandemic.

Corona regulations at TUM

Current information for students, employees and guests

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Researchers appeal to the nations of the world

Data is a decisive instrument against COVID-19

Science depends on the most complete, cleanest and most recent data possible when it comes to analyzing the effectiveness of political and social measures in the fight against the Corona pandemic. In a joint editorial article published in the journal Nature Scientific Data, leading research institutes have called on the nations of the world to improve data collection on infectious diseases.

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Covid-19 Research
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Covid-19: contextualizing vaccination side effects can reduce concerns

Higher vaccination willingness through simple risk comparisons

Vaccination willingness can be increased with simple labels and comparative information on side effects. A new study shows that the willingness to use a Covid-19 vaccine was higher when the side-effect rate was labeled with “very low risk” or when the rate was compared with motor-vehicle mortality. The research could help to design public health campaigns aimed at increasing the uptake of Covid-19 booster jabs.

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Covid-19 Research
Hans Hauner, Professor for Nutritional Medicine at TUM and Director of the EKFZ
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Survey: 35 percent report weight gain since the beginning of the Corona pandemic

Psychological strain and eating habits in the pandemic

Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have investigated possible changes in adult dietary habits and body weight after more than two years of pandemic. The results: 35 percent of those surveyed have gained weight, in some cases considerably, since the beginning of the pandemic. However, 15 percent of the adults have in part drastically lost weight since the beginning of the Corona crisis.

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Prof. Dr. Henning Wackerhage
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Study identifies exertion level where aerosol particle emissions increase exponentially

Link between exercise intensity and risk of infection

Until now there has been no clarity on how exercise intensity affects the emission and concentration of aerosol particles in exhaled air. With a new experimental setup, a Munich research team has shown that aerosol emissions increase exponentially with intense physical exertion – so that indoor sporting activities result in a higher risk of infectious diseases such as COVID.

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Covid-19 Research
Hannah Prince, Janina Steinert, Henrike Sternberg and Tim Büthe at the TUM School of Social Science and Technology
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Study demonstrates barriers for communications on Covid-19

Vaccination campaign messages often prove ineffective

Conventional vaccination campaign messages often miss their targets. A study in eight European countries shows that information on the benefits of vaccines can even reduce the willingness to get immunized. The researchers also looked into the factors that influenced the impact of messages, including low health literacy. A further study provides indications of the relationship between trust in vaccines and their approval procedures.

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Covid-19 Research
Professor Jan Kirschke in his lab.
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TUM scientists receive three new ERC Grants

EU funding in medicine and biotechnology

Deep learning algorithms to diagnose back pain, artificial enzymes for energy conversion facilities and a Covid-19 drug: the European Research Council (ERC) has announced funding for projects at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in the form of two Consolidator Grants and one Proof of Concept Grant. The ERC Grants are among the most prestigious research awards in Europe.

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Covid-19 Artificial Intelligence Sustainability Research
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RNA interference as a new approach for the treatment of COVID-19

Targeted enzymes destroy virus RNA

A research team led by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has successfully used specific enzymes to destroy the genetic information of SARS-CoV-2 directly after the virus penetrates the cell. The findings could serve as the basis for a therapy to treat COVID-19.

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Covid-19 Research
Prof. Ulrike Protzer
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Number of exposures to viral spike protein crucial for effective antibody response

Covid-19: Three exposures for broad immunity

The immune system develops a high-quality antibody response after three encounters with the coronavirus spike protein. These antibodies are also capable of neutralizing Omicron efficiently. This applies to people who are triple-vaccinated, to those having recovered and then received two vaccinations and to double-vaccinated individuals who have experienced a breakthrough infection. These are results of a study which tracked the antibodies of vaccinated and recovered individuals for two years.

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Covid-19 Research
 Prof. Stefan Engelhardt
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German Ministry of Science funds development of Covid-19 drug

A spray to protect against lung damage from Covid-19

rnatics, a startup at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), has created an RNA-based drug to prevent lung damage from infections as seen in serious Covid-19 cases. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is providing 7 million euros in funding to support the development of the drug. The team is using a substance that inhibits the inflammation-promoting microRNA. The therapy is expected to be efficacious in current and future mutations of SARS-CoV2.

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Covid-19 Entrepreneurship Research
The dark field x-ray technology can reveal the damage to lung tissue caused by diseases such as COPD or Covid-19.
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Two-part TV report on SAT.1 Bavaria about TUM's corona research

Progress in the fight against Corona

At many places in the Technical University of Munich (TUM) research is being carried out on how to counteract the dangers posed by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. SAT.1 Bayern reported on December 27th and 28th in a two-part documentary about selected research projects.

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Covid-19 TUM in the media


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