Cindy Prins works in the College of Public Health and Health Professions as an assistant dean for educational affairs and a clinical associate professor of epidemiology. She has focused on the regulation of vaccinia virus transcription elongation. Cindy’s research interests include the prevention of healthcare-associated infections, including those caused by multidrug-resistant organisms, and compliance with vaccine recommendations.
Areas of Expertise (5)
Healthcare Associated Infections
Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Infection Prevention and Control
Media Appearances (9)
Could a ‘Twindemic’ come for Orange County?
NPR WMFE online
Early numbers show that Florida could see an aggressive flu season. Exacerbating the issue further, COVID-19 infections continue to linger. A rise in both could lead to what experts call a “twindemic” in Orange County and the state.
It’s time to stop saying ‘fully vaccinated’ for Covid, experts say—here’s why
If you still say “fully vaccinated” for Covid, it’s time to stop. With new boosters on the market and an ever-evolving virus, experts say the term no longer means being the most protected you can be.
Dreaded Side Effect Rears Its Ugly Head in Latest COVID Variant
Daily Beast online
All over the world, the rates of death and hospitalization from COVID keep dropping. But our successful mitigation of the worst outcomes of the 33-month-old pandemic belie a growing crisis.
Student Tests Positive for Monkeypox at San Diego State
NBC 7 San Diego online
A San Diego State student has tested positive for monkeypox, the first known case among members of the university community, SDSU announced Thursday. The student does live off campus and had limited access to campus, SDSU added that the exposure risk is low because monkeypox requires close contact for it to spread.
Monkeypox: What to know about the new public health emergency, from symptoms to risk
The monkeypox outbreak is becoming a U.S. public health emergency. On Thursday, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra — the country’s top health official — said the Biden administration would officially designate monkeypox as a nationwide public health emergency.
How the FDA and CDC Are Failing Us on BA.5, the Worst Covid Variant Yet
Rolling Stone online
The latest subvariant of the novel-coronavirus is spreading fast. And the federal government is struggling to keep up. There’s a lot the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can do to slow the BA.5 subvariant and prevent deaths.
Omicron cases spike in Coachella Valley after music festival
NBC News online
Daily Covid cases in Riverside County, California, rose 76 percent in two weeks as tens of thousands of people gathered there for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival over the last two weekends. Though most Coachella events were outside, the festival did not require visitors to wear masks or present proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test.
U.S. nears 1 million COVID deaths amid questions over pandemic’s next phase
PBS News tv
The United States is right on the brink of reaching 1 million COVID deaths since the start of the pandemic over two years ago. As this grim milestone approaches, health experts nationwide are debating whether or not a new phase of the pandemic has already started. Dr. Cindy Prins, assistant dean at the University of Florida College of Public Health, joins Geoff Bennett to discuss.
Clothes off, masks on: Reopening a nudist resort during a pandemic
The Washington Post online
The bad news is, the Butt Hutt remains closed. The popular lakeside bar at Florida’s oldest nudist resort is still shuttered, even as the rest of the Lake Como Family Nudist Resort in Lutz slowly reopens. The Bare Buns Café, for instance, now allows limited seating on the screened patio and under the pool deck canopy, albeit with everyone six feet apart — and please bring a towel to sit on
Observed Face Mask Use at Six Universities — United States, September–November 2020Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Cindy Prins, et al.
Correct use of face masks limits COVID-19 transmission. Many institutions of higher education mandate masks in public indoor locations and outdoors when within six feet of others. During September–November 2020, mask use was directly observed at six universities with mask mandates. Among persons observed indoors, 91.7% wore masks correctly, varying by mask type, from 96.8% for N95-type masks and 92.2% for cloth masks to 78.9% for bandanas, scarves, and similar face coverings.
Evaluation of patient risk factors for infection with carbapenem-resistant EnterobacteriaceaeAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Cindy Prins, et al.
Risk of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae infection/colonization was examined. Cases were significantly associated with certain antimicrobials and invasive procedures with a scope device. Other risk factors included emergency admissions and use of indwelling devices.
Public Health Education at the University of Florida: Synergism and Educational InnovationAmerican Journal of Public Health
Cindy Prins, et al.
The College of Public Health and Health Professions at UF is composed of five public health departments and four clinical health professions departments, and the college is one of six that make up the university’s Health Science Center. These organizational resources provide a strong foundation for educational innovations.