Research + Perspectives for the Pandemic
from the MIT SHASS community
Navigating an Unprecedented Time
This portal provides research and commentaries from the MIT SHASS community to inform policy and increase public understanding of the pandemic landscape. Content areas include impacts of the pandemic on healthcare, the economy, education, elections, daily life, and democracy. There is also a channel of creative works that offer contemplative space and uplift.
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MIT INFORMATION + RESOURCES
All the latest MIT updates, guidance, and resources to help support you during this challenging time
MIT SHASS MEDIA PUBLICATIONS
Research-based insights, for policy and public understanding of the Covid-19 pandemic, from the MIT-SHASS academic community
MIT-SHASS News "Will the November 2020 election be delayed? The answer is, 'no.' There is no statutory or constitutional authority to do that. Even if the asteroids are raining on our heads and the zombies are roaming the streets on November 3, we will be voting."
This project addresses the unprecedented and ongoing threat that the Covid-19 pandemic poses to the 2020 elections, bringing academics and election administration experts together to assess and promote best practices to ensure the election can proceed with integrity, safety, and equal access.
As research continues into Covid-19 and its impact on many facets of life, MIT Economics has collected all the faculty's working papers on one page.
Here’s what economists say the U.S. needs in order to start returning to normal amid the coronavirus outbreak — and how the economy can survive in the meantime.
Kathleen Thelen, Ford Professor of Political Science, examines disparities in US and European unemployment rates in the face of Covid-19
EDUCATION + DAILY LIFE
An ongoing series of notes from the Director of the MIT Concourse Program for her students and others during the pandemic
EDUCATION | SCIENCE WRITERS
Undark, the acclaimed magazine from our Knight Science Journalism Program, provides ongoing, in-depth journalistic coverage by science writers on SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic.
During this time of physical distancing to limit the spread of Covid-19, the Arts at MIT offer ways to stay connected to the MIT Arts Community from wherever you are.
A curated collection of outstanding works from MIT's Music Program
In The New York Times, Bernardo Zacka writes: "[A balcony] is private, yet public; exposed, yet secluded. It offers company without the demands of intimacy, and we should never take it for granted again."
On NPR's All Things Considered, Justin Reich, CMS/W Assistant Professor, and director of the MIT Teaching Systems Lab reflects on best practices for remote learning. Plus a link to collection of all Reich's recent public commentaries.
ECONOMIC IMPACTS + HEALTHCARE ETHICS
New Paper: In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the rationing of medical resources has become a critical issue. Nearly all existing triage protocols are based on a priority point system, in which an explicit formula specifies the order in which the total supply of a particular resource, such as a ventilator, is to be rationed for eligible patients.
HEALTH + ECONOMIC IMPACTS | TELEMEDICINE
SHASS News: Physician and MIT economist Jeffrey E. Harris shares insights on healthcare during the Covid-19 pandemic and the vital role of telehealth.
HEALTHCARE + ECONOMIC IMPACTS
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) has organized an ongoing, evolving response to the Covid-19 pandemic. See initiatives for off-cycle funding rounds for Covid-related research projects.
SHASS Communications interview "As they do in wartime "people are willing to give the government broader latitude, even to curtail civil liberties, to address this pandemic crisis. But this effect is also short-lived. People are willing to give up some civil liberties for months, but not years."
In The Atlantic, MIT Professor of Writing Alan Lightman observes that the pandemic may force "many of us to slow down, to spend more time in reflection, away from the noise and heave of the world. With more quiet time, we have an opportunity to think about who we are, as individuals and as a society."
HEALTH | VIRUS ORIGINS
In Scientific American, Wuhan-based virologist and KSJ alumna Shi Zhengli has identified dozens of deadly SARS-like viruses in bat caves, and she warns there are more out there
"Many studies have shown that laughter and humor have a huge array of benefits, including strengthening the immune system, reducing pain and stress, and increasing energy. If you are going through a difficult experience or feeling down, humor may accidently find you. Embrace it."