How to prevent overwhelming hospitals and build immunity

Social distancing could allow a level of infection that can be handled by the health care system, but would build enough immunity to strangle the epidemic.

Alvin Powell
March 27, 2020 | harvard

~8 mins   

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Chan School session breaks down ways to ease stress

Chan School online forum aims to teach how to deal with pandemic stress.

Clea Simon
March 26, 2020 | harvard

~6 mins   

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Harvard M.D. students form COVID-19 rapid response teams

This is part of our Coronavirus Update series in which Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines offer insights into what the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak may bring. With more than 50,000 patients admitted annually and millions of outpatient visits each year, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), one of the […]

M.R.F. Buckley
March 25, 2020 | harvard

~10 mins   

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The why’s behind COVID-19 survival and immunity investigated

Using the tool VirScan, researchers are able to detect antibodies in people’s blood that indicate active and past infections by viruses and bacteria. The goal is to learn how the virus affects the immune system.

Stephanie Dutchen
March 25, 2020 | harvard

~11 mins   

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Harvard labs share personal protective equipment

As University facilities close, faculty and staff gather gear to pass along amid a nationwide shortage.

Clea Simon
March 25, 2020 | harvard

~4 mins   

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Public confident they can keep themselves safe during pandemic

An ongoing survey by researchers at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative is examining public attitudes toward the coronavirus pandemic.

Alvin Powell
March 23, 2020 | harvard

~7 mins   

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Finding ways to forge through the COVID-19 pandemic

Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch outlined several scenarios — most of them bad — for getting America back to work

Alvin Powell
March 20, 2020 | harvard

~5 mins   

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Remote work will stress-test the internet — and parts will fail

The massive shift from the office to remote work will test the internet in ways it hasn’t been tested before, a Harvard expert on the technology industry said, offering a real-time experiment that will likely see failures, but from which unexpected solutions will also emerge.

Alvin Powell
March 18, 2020 | harvard

~13 mins   

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Tool to help decision-makers during the coronavirus outbreak

Harvard’s Global Health Institute puts its research expertise into motion, helping hospitals assess capacity and quality of care so they can prepare for COVID-19 patients appropriately.

Mary Todd Bergman
March 18, 2020 | harvard

~6 mins   

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Chan School hosts online meetings to discuss updates

The Harvard Chan School of Public Health will launch a series of weekly interactive forums to discuss issues and options.

Clea Simon
March 17, 2020 | harvard

~5 mins   

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