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Kathy and her mother enjoying nice weather.


A table set for two

It was crackers and Scrabble at the cottage and, later, dinnertime jokes at the care unit


Nitric oxide tanks.


Breathing freely

Mass. General study shows the benefits of inhaled nitric oxide therapy for pregnant patients with severe and critical COVID-19


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Staying covered

Affordable Care Act key to keeping people insured amid COVID 19-related job losses, study shows


Thank you sign for health care workers in a window.


‘Before a tsunami hits’

Seven Broad Institute physician researchers discuss their COVID-19 work and preparedness, the value of teamwork, and the fragility of life


Researcher viewed through lab door posted with safety signs.


Same old labs but not

Researchers across Harvard's Schools and affiliates settle into masked, distanced, rigidly scheduled shifts, and resume the important work they love




The path to zero

Researchers and public health experts unite to bring clarity to key metrics guiding coronavirus response


Harvard's Longwood Medical area.


Reopening research operations

Vice Provost Rick McCullough discusses the decision to shut down labs and outlines the plans to ensure a safe return to normal operations when the time comes


Lisa Albert and Matthew Tuttle at their Zoom wedding.


Life at a distance

Snapshots of the widespread Harvard community: A Zoom wedding; reunion in St. Croix; challenges of teaching ASL online; and a taste of Cuba



In the trenches

Three physicians in three distinct settings detail life in the midst of pandemic


Man in bed suffering insomnia.


Insomnia in a pandemic

Specialist at Chan School forum says problem is becoming more common, and offers tips for falling, staying asleep


Multiple monitors.


Turning Harvard virtual

How the information technology staff moved classes and operations online on a tight, coronavirus-threatened deadline


Student walking with Remy the cat.


The way we live now

One College student adjusts to life on a deserted campus and another to being unexpectedly home a continent away


U.S. map dotted with To Serve Better icons.


The collective effort

Harvard students, alumni, faculty, and staff from the nationwide ‘To Serve Better’ project reflect on how coronavirus is affecting their communities


Jonathan Savilonis and sons Julius and Lysander with their LEGO model of Harvard's Music Building.


Notes from the new normal

Bits of the socially distanced lives of staff and faculty, from a LEGO model of the Music Building to Gov. Andrew Cuomo as Henry V to cereal for dinner — in the shower


Tom Hollister.


A recession playbook

Thomas Hollister details the planning the University had already done for the eventuality of a downturn


Two students with suitcases.


Homeward bound

Medical School academic, research community responds to COVID-19 pandemic


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Harvard Medical School

COVID-19 2.0

Scientists racing to understand behavior, spread of mutating virus

COVID test.

Harvard Medical School

Apples to apples

New model compares, estimates false-negative rates among COVID-19 tests


Harvard Medical School

Antibody mischief

Activation of different antibodies may account for variances

Health care providers prepare to administer vaccine.

Harvard Medical School

One year in: Vaccines

COVID-19 vaccine experts talk lessons learned, challenges ahead


Harvard Medical School

Vaccine reassurance

Current COVID-19 vaccines are safe for those with allergies


Graduate School of Education

Schools and pandemic resilience

Updated guidelines on the measures that should be taken — and by whom — to safely resume in-person learning

Illustration of hand in boxing glove knocking out coronavirus.

Harvard Medical School

Fast healers

Study uncovers COVID-19 patients who recover quickly and sustain protective antibodies


Harvard Medical School

Prognosis prediction

AI-based risk score predicts which patients with COVID-19 are likely to need hospitalization

Network lines and virus.

Harvard Medical School

Seismic shift

How the COVID-19 pandemic can prepare health care systems for the next ‘big one’

Sanitizer on a football field.

Harvard Medical School

Tracking the spread

New tool can detect COVID-19 outbreaks in U.S. counties that host in-person football events

Grid of scientists.

Chan School of Public Health

Bearing witness

Harvard Chan School scientists at the forefront of the pandemic response share their stories of stress, exhaustion, anger, grief, gratitude, and soul-searching

Figures standing on line chart.

Harvard Medical School

Rapid reversal

COVID-19 transmission rebounds quickly after physical distancing rules are relaxed


Harvard Business School

The race for a vaccine

As the world watches — and waits — Moderna and other vaccine makers are sprinting to create a safe, effective means of shutting down the coronavirus. Can their record-breaking work be a template for combatting future pandemics?


Harvard Medical School

Vaccine challenges

To confront COVID-19, U.S. needs to improve existing vaccination rates

Blood cells.

Harvard Medical School

COVID-19 and blood clots

Elevated levels of a blood clotting factor linked to worse outcomes in severe cases

David Beck.

Harvard Law School

How do you prepare for a pandemic?

David Beck ’91, senior vice president and chief legal counsel at Boston Medical Center: ‘We were trying to think about every single thing that could happen’

Photo illustration of stethoscope, globe, and laptop.

Harvard Medical School

Portrait of a virus

Using medical records of COVID-19 patients in 5 countries, researchers create agile tool for rapid disease insights

Illustration of voters mailing in ballots.

Harvard Law School

When voting is a risky choice

Harvard Law faculty and alumni weigh in on what it will take to run safe and reliable elections in the age of COVID-19

Illustration of lungs.

Harvard Medical School

Lung link

Clinical trial to test cystic fibrosis drug for severe COVID-19 pneumonia

Vials of blood.

Harvard Medical School

COVID and blood type

Study finds no relationship between blood type and severity of COVID-19

Worried person wearing mask.

Harvard Medical School

Outbreak anxiety

National survey measures mental health impact of COVID-19 pandemic

Social distancing on subway platform.

Harvard Kennedy School

How COVID-19 has changed public policy

From the end of austerity policies to the worrying rise of compulsory digitalization, Harvard Kennedy School faculty see a world changed by the coronavirus pandemic

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Educators as first responders

In a conversation with Dean Bridget Long, Geoffrey Canada describes a call to action for educators and a vision for what school might look like this fall

Coronavirus test.

Harvard Medical School

Outpatient COVID-19 clues

What can we learn from people with coronavirus who seek care at outpatient clinics?

Heart illustration.

Harvard Medical School

Heart trouble

Hydroxychloroquine for treatment of COVID-19 linked to increased risk of cardiac arrhythmias

Stylized world map.

Harvard Medical School

COVID-19 context clues

Social medicine offers insight into pandemic’s path, roadmap to more resilient future

Building interior.

Harvard Business School

Why COVID-19 raises the stakes for building health

Like it or not, humans have become an indoor species, so buildings have a major impact on our health. That's why the Healthy Building Movement is gaining momentum, say John Macomber and Joseph Allen