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.
Can herd immunity stop COVID-19?
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
Harvard Chan faculty are using crowdsourcing technology to fight the coronavirus. The How We Feel app tracks COVID-19 in local communities, helping scientists better understand and fight the pandemic in the US.
The first months of the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic in Spain resulted in high incidence and mortality. Little is known about the epidemic dynamics in different age groups, including the relative effect of the lockdown measures introduced on March 15,…
Arresting the spread of SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces and in the air using engineered water nanostructures enriched with de novo designed neutralizing peptides
Phillip Demokritou was recently funded by the National Science Foundation to develop a novel nanotechnology intervention technology to reduce transmission of COVID-19 on surfaces and in the air.
Surveys, apps to track COVID-19
Our researchers appear daily in media and other outlets worldwide discussing COVID-19. Read the latest.
Experts are concerned about a dramatic rise in eating disorders among teenagers over the past year. Possible explanations for the increase include teens’ loss of familiar routines and regular connections with friends, anxiety about the COVID-19 pandemic, boredom,…
A new international task force is aimed at stopping new diseases like COVID-19 from spreading from animals to humans.
Michelle Williams discussed the importance of the field of public health and how racism is a public health issue.
Our faculty hold frequent press conferences with media. Read transcripts or listen to audio.
Latest press conferences
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Press Conference with Rebecca Weintraub, Mansi Kansal, and John Brownstein, 06/10/21
You're listening to a press conference from the Harvard School of Public Health with Rebecca Weintraub, director of vaccine delivery at Ariadne Labs, Mansi Kansal, product manager at Google Health, and John Brownstein, chief innovation officer at Boston…
You're listening to a press conference from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with Vish Viswanath, director of the India Research Center, Lee Kum Kee Professor of Health Communication in the Department of Social and…
You're listening to a press conference from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with Evan Benjamin, associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management and chief medical officer of Ariadne Labs, a joint center…
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.
When Public Health Means Business Series
COVID-19 Mental Health Forum Series
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: