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We’ve been in the thick of it forever… This is the light that’s finally come. And sure, it’s dim, and it’s going to take months, but every day it’s going to get brighter and brighter.”

Seth Jackson, RN, BSN, a staff nurse in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at UI Hospitals Clinics, tells Bloomberg. Jackson received his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 14, 2020.

The emotional power of this moment is something that we have been anticipating, striving to reach for about 10 months. To be able to take this step feels like a piece of what we all need to do to make our world safe again, to get back to the life where we can see each other's faces.”

Greg Schmidt, MD, director of critical care programs at UI Hospitals & Clinics, tells NBC News. Schmidt also received his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 14, 2020.

"People who have severe disease are probably better protected from being reinfected... But what we don't know is someone who had asymptomatic infection or very very mild infection, how long would their immunity last.”

Stanley Perlman, MD, PhD, a coronavirus expert and UI professor of microbiology and immunology, tells NPR in a story about the barriers to reaching herd immunity against COVID-19. Perlman is among the national experts advising the federal government on how to prioritize distribution of the approved COVID-19 vaccines.

Paper trail

This is a small sample of notable manuscripts recently published by University of Iowa researchers.

Lee MH, Perl DP, Nair G, Li W, Maric D, Murray H, Dodd SJ, Koretsky AP, Watts JA, Cheung V, Masliah E, Horkayne-Szakaly I, Jones R, Stram MN, Moncur J, Hefti M, Folkerth RD, Nath A. Microvascular Injury in the Brains of Patients with Covid-19. N Engl J Med. 2021 Feb 4;384(5):481-483. doi: 10.1056/NEJMc2033369.

Rocchi F, Oya H, Balezeau F, Billig AJ, Kocsis Z, Jenison RL, Nourski KV, Kovach CK, Steinschneider M, Kikuchi Y, Rhone AE, Dlouhy BJ, Kawasaki H, Adolphs R, Greenlee JDW, Griffiths TD, Howard MA 3rd, Petkov CI. Common fronto-temporal effective connectivity in humans and monkeys. Neuron. 2021 Mar 3;109(5):852-868.e8. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2020.12.026.

Zheng J, Wong LR, Li K, Verma AK, Ortiz ME, Wohlford-Lenane C, Leidinger MR, Knudson CM, Meyerholz DK, McCray PB Jr, Perlman S. COVID-19 treatments and pathogenesis including anosmia in K18-hACE2 mice. Nature. 2021 Jan;589(7843):603-607. doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-2943-z.

Schultz JL, van der Plas E, Langbehn DR, Conrad AL, Nopoulos PC. Age-Related Cognitive Changes as a Function of CAG Repeat in Child and Adolescent Carriers of Mutant Huntingtin. Ann Neurol. 2021 Jan 31. doi: 10.1002/ana.26039.