COVID-19 Response: Public Health In Action

Our scientists are at the forefront of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are conducting groundbreaking research on everything from the basic biology of the virus to population-level strategies to help stop its spread; holding public forums and press conferences; and advising governments, businesses, and more on safely navigating the crisis.


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Kids may face mental health issues as school begins amid pandemic

Archana Basu, research scientist in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard Chan School and a clinical psychologist and instructor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, discusses the mental health challenges facing children as they begin a new school year during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Knowledge in action

Our faculty are on the front lines of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, contributing new research, collaborating on projects, and advising governments, businesses, and others.

COVID-19 action briefs

  • iconMental and physical health
  • iconPolicy and protocol
  • iconReopening
  • iconEconomic impact
  • iconDisease modeling
  • iconVaccines and therapies
  • iconInfection and infection control
  • iconGlobal impact and response

COVID-19 and Health Equity—A New Kind of “Herd Immunity”

David R. Williams recently co-authored “COVID-19 and Health Equity—A New Kind of “Herd Immunity” in the Journal of the American Medical Association. He writes that “COVID-19 is a magnifying glass that has highlighted the larger pandemic of racial/ethnic…

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News coverage

Our researchers appear daily in media and other outlets worldwide discussing COVID-19. Read the latest.

Opinion: Health care workers need more mental health support

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacted a dramatic mental health toll on health care workers, including Lorna Breen, a physician and director of the emergency department at New York-Presbyterian Allen Hospital, who committed suicide earlier this year, according to…

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Press conferences

Our faculty hold daily press conferences with media. Read transcripts or listen to audio.

Latest press conferences

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Forums and events

We are holding informational forums and other public programming designed to stem the spread of misinformation and contribute to an informed response.

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When Public Health Means Business: Part 4

When Public Health Means Business, August 4
A fireside chat with Anthony Fauci, Director, NIAID, and Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN
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Additional Information and Guidance from Harvard Chan School

The pandemic is having impact well beyond the fields of epidemiology and infectious disease. In almost every public health discipline, new questions are being asked and new research undertaken. Some examples of how Harvard Chan faculty are exploring the wide-ranging impact of COVID-19:

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