A message from Dean Michelle A. Williams

It is no exaggeration to say that the COVID-19 pandemic has upended every aspect of our lives. Worldwide cases are in the millions, with hundreds of thousands of deaths. The economic impact is unprecedented in scale and scope. We still have no definitive treatment to fight the virus. And a viable vaccine is months if … Continue reading “A message from Dean Michelle A. Williams”

Reconstruction of the full transmission dynamics of COVID-19 in Wuhan

Xihong Lin, professor of Biostatistics, and collaborators studied the transmission dynamics of the SARS-CoV-2 in Wuhan, China between January and March and found that up to 87 percent of infections in the city were undetected, potentially including asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic cases. Transmission rates during this period could have been as high as 3.54 infections per case, and were only controlled due to widespread and strict containment measures and interventions.

Update on transitioning back to the workplace

Dear Harvard Chan School Community, As this extraordinary spring semester draws to a close, we were all hoping that by now we would have a more definitive sense of how and when we can move back to some approximation of normal operations. While there is still so much uncertainty in the direction of this pandemic … Continue reading “Update on transitioning back to the workplace”

Measuring the resilience of nursing homes facing COVID-19

Why are nursing home populations so vulnerable, and what can be done to address these vulnerabilities for current and future COVID-19 waves? Mental and physical health Policy and protocol Infection and infection control Faculty Michael Barnett, Yonatan Grad Summary COVID-19 presents the greatest challenge in recent memory for the frailest, most vulnerable individuals in the … Continue reading “Measuring the resilience of nursing homes facing COVID-19”

Age as a COVID-19 Risk Factor

What role does age play in COVID-19 severity and mortality? Mental and physical health Infection and infection control Faculty Jin-Ah Park, Phyllis Kanki Summary To develop effective and safe therapeutic treatments for SARS-CoV-2 infection, understanding the pathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2 at a cellular level is urgently needed. Age is one of the key risk factors associated … Continue reading “Age as a COVID-19 Risk Factor”

Essential personnel protocol

Dear Members of the Harvard Chan School Community, Please see the message below from Executive Vice President Katie Lapp that provides important information about Governor Baker’s stay-at-home advisory. Given we have already moved to remote work and teaching, we hope this advisory will have minimal impact on your work life. Please be reminded that building … Continue reading “Essential personnel protocol”