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USC alumni PPE donations COVID-19
Creating masks, making hand sanitizer, raising money and engineering new technologies are some ways USC alumni are helping others during the pandemic. (Photos/Courtesy of Andrew and Diana Sedler, Amy Atmore and Thomas Won, clockwise from top left)

USC alumni join push to protect doctors, nurses and other health care heroes from COVID-19

Trojans across the world are stepping up in this time of need with 3D printing expertise, generous donations and countless acts of kindness in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

USC chinese medical supplies donation
Evelyn Gong, associate director of USC’s Shanghai office, and Di Wu of International Programs coordinated donations of 75,000 gloves from the USC Parents in China group. (Photo/Courtesy USC Verdugo Hills Hospital)

USC’s Chinese parents, alumni and friends rally behind Keck Medicine health care workers

From coast to coast and throughout China, an extended Trojan Family is gathering on apps like WeChat to leverage their contacts and collect much-needed supplies for USC’s medical professionals.

PPE sterilization
Hospitals reporting shortages of personal protective equipment are looking for ways to disinfect what they’ve got. Here, researchers are testing the efficacy of new sterilization boxes created by engineers at USC. (USC Photo/Andrea Armani)

How hardware store parts transformed into virus-destroying devices

A partnership between USC Viterbi and the Keck School of Medicine has produced a system — built from off-the-shelf items — that uses UV light to disinfect face shields.

surgical residents and nurses
Surgical residents are pitching in during the COVID-19 pandemic by learning skills usually handled by clinical care nurses. (Photo/Maura Sullivan)

Surgeons-in-training learn important skills to back up key allies during the coronavirus pandemic — nurses

Keck School of Medicine of USC surgical residents have embraced learning nursing skills. With more caregivers knowing how to draw blood and insert IV lines, medical teams will have the flexibility to better care for growing numbers of COVID-19 patients.

cardiovascular drugs reduce dementia risk
Though there are no drugs that can treat Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, even small delays in onset that have been linked to statins and other blood pressure medicines can dramatically reduce the burden dementia on patients, caregivers and the health system as a whole. (Photo/iStock)

Certain combinations of cardiovascular drugs may reduce dementia risk

In a first, a USC study has shown that drugs already being used for blood pressure and cholesterol control could provide benefits for Alzheimer’s and other dementias.