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Harvard experts say Massachusetts may need 1.4 million COVID tests

March 13, 2020

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.

 

Massachusetts may ultimately need 1.4 million tests for COVID-19 and have to conduct tens of thousands a day, Harvard infectious disease experts said Friday, adding their voices to a nationwide chorus calling to increase...

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What new U.S. travel rules mean for foreign students, scholars

March 13, 2020

The U.S. government’s new travel restrictions for 28 European countries amid the global COVID-19 pandemic went into place over the weekend. The restrictions limit travel from these nations to the U.S. and will affect a number of students and scholars across Harvard’s Schools and international centers, as well as staff at the University’s offshoots in Europe and the U.K. The Gazette spoke with Mark Elliott, vice provost for international affairs, and Martha Gladue, director of the Harvard International Office (HIO), to learn more about what the University is doing to serve the needs of its...

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In creating a coronavirus vaccine, researchers prepare for future

March 13, 2020

As the number of novel coronavirus infections rises daily across the globe, strategies for developing a safe and effective vaccine are rapidly moving forward.

In response to this public health crisis, researchers in the Precision Vaccines Program (PVP) at Boston Children’s Hospital are on the front lines of developing a vaccine specially targeted toward older populations — those who are at greatest risk of developing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome-2 coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

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Students reflect on shift to online classes amid coronavirus precautions

Students reflect on shift to online classes amid coronavirus precautions

March 12, 2020

Harvard announced this week that all teaching would go online starting March 23 and, in an attempt to ensure their health and safety amid the COVID-19 global pandemic, asked students not to return to campus after spring break. For undergraduates, it has been a week of saying goodbye (for now) to their dorms, Houses, professors, and friends. The Gazette spoke to some of them about their plans and how they’re feeling in their last few days on campus for the academic year.

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Disaster expert outlines how first responders will handle COVID-19

March 12, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to swell, first responders and emergency room personnel are squarely in the path of COVID-19. Against a backdrop of reports of tight supplies of personal protective equipment, the Gazette turned to Paul Biddinger, director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Disaster Medicine, vice chairman for emergency preparedness in MGH’s Emergency Medicine Department, and associate professor at Harvard Medical School, to describe the massive public health challenge facing police, fire, and emergency medical responders.

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Harvard Art Museums closing to public amid COVID-19 spread

March 12, 2020

Harvard University’s network of museums is temporarily closing to the public beginning March 13 in an effort to reduce the number of people on campus and slow opportunities for the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

The museums to close include the Harvard Art Museums (the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler museums); the Harvard Semitic Museum and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments galleries; the Fisher Museum at Harvard Forest; Arnold Arboretum, and others.

The closing is in line with the closing...

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Harvard offers coronavirus resources and help guides

March 11, 2020

Harvard has gathered resources and help guides for students, faculty, and the University community after its Tuesday announcement that students should not plan to return to campus after spring break ends March 23, and that classes will move online for the rest of the semester amid the mushrooming outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.

The material, much of which is available on the University’s coronavirus page, includes information for students about moving, storage, shipping, and booking travel, as well as help for faculty and staff on...

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Doctors try to safeguard nursing home patients from COVID-19

March 10, 2020

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.

As the number of cases and deaths alike mount from COVID-19, the respiratory illness associated with the new coronavirus, the toll of fatalities at a skilled nursing center in Washington state reached 19, highlighting the deep danger the virus...

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Officials detail University’s move to online learning to combat coronavirus

Officials detail University’s move to online learning to combat coronavirus

March 10, 2020

Harvard University announced earlier this morning that it would suspend in-person classes and shift to online learning where possible, with the goal of limiting the spread of coronavirus in the community. The Gazette spoke with Provost Alan Garber, Executive Vice President Katie Lapp, and University Health Services Executive Director Giang Nguyen to learn more about the planning, as well as the rationale behind the decision to adopt virtual instruction across Harvard.

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Scholar at Risk details Hamas attempt to intimidate him

Scholar at Risk details Hamas attempt to intimidate him

March 9, 2020

The explosion delayed Mosab Abu Toha’s college graduation. In the summer of 2014 a bomb tore through the Islamic University of Gaza, his alma mater, reducing its English department to shattered concrete and dust.

Abu Toha, an English major and Anglophile, raced to the site to save what he could. “The books were one of the casualties,” he recalled. “I was able to remove ‘The Norton Anthology of American Literature’ from under the rubble.”

But the destruction of the Israel-Gaza Strip conflict didn’t end there. During the several weeks of fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas,...

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