COVID-19 Research

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Given the urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be highlighting the important contributions of NetSI researchers. The institute has leading experts in infectious disease modeling who have been working closely with public health agencies and government leaders to help manage this crisis. This page will be routinely updated, so please check back soon.

NetSI activities on COVID-19
Advising policy, government, and health care officials 
Major projects led by NetSI researchers


August 12, 2020 | Mathematical Models in Understanding COVID-19 talk by Samuel V. Scarpino here.

August 3, 2020 | Latest update on The State of the Nation: a 50-State COVID-19 Survey report on testing.

July 26, 2020 | Samuel Scarpino's remarks on COVID-19 in the Boston Globe.

July 22, 2020 | Alessandro Vespignani and Matteo Chinazzi join COVID-19 Observatory, an MIT collaboration with the World Bank.

July 17, 2020 | Updated report on mobility, commuting, and contact patterns across the United States during the COVID-19 outbreak by the MOBS lab. View it here.

July 10, 2020 | The State of The Nation: A 50-state COVID-19 survey, a multi-university collaboration project can be found here.

July 9, 2020 | NetSI researchers contributed to the new publication studying the early (cryptic) phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US. You can view the publication here.

July 5, 2020 | The New York Times special report on COVID-19. View the 4-page special section here.

June 25, 2020 | NYT article with interactive maps illustrates the hidden spread of the pandemic, featuring research from the team led by Alessandro Vespignani

June 23, 2020 | Steven Johnson, author of The Ghost Map, had Samuel Scarpino on his podcast, Fighting Coronavirus. You can listen to the episode here.

June 10, 2020 | Samuel Scarpino was interviewed by Steven Johnson, author of The Ghost Map, about how "How Data Became One of the Most Powerful Tools to Fight an Epidemic." You can read the essay in the New York Times Magazine.

May 26, 2020 | Samuel Scarpino spoke with Adam Reilly at WGBH about what worked and what didn't work in our response to the first COVID-19 wave.

May 14, 2020 | Northeastern President Joseph E. Aoun discussed the COVID-19 pandemic with Alessandro Vespignani on Facebook Live. The full interview can be viewed here.

May 13, 2020 | A new report has been published by NetSI researchers: Reshaping a nation: Mobility, commuting, and contact patterns during the COVID-19 outbreak, along with an interactive dashboard.

May 4, 2020 | MOBS Lab research has recently been highlighted in The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic and FiveThirtyEight.

April 30, 2020 | David Lazer and collaborators at Harvard and Rutgers have released a 50-state survey of policy preferences and social distancing behaviors. The report can be viewed here and more details are available at this website.

April 29, 2020 | New publication in Science: Changes in contact patterns shape the dynamics of the COVID-19 outbreak in China. View here.

April 29, 2020 | Barabási Lab has developed an interactive tool to track wait times in emergency rooms and urgent care centers across the US: ERTrack.

April 23, 2020 | Alex Vespignani appeared on CNN with Anderson Cooper to discuss the research featured in the New York Times article Hidden Outbreaks Spread Through U.S. Cities Far Earlier Than Americans Knew, Estimates Say.

April 20, 2020 | MOBS Lab has partnered with the CDC to develop COVID-19 forecasts. View details and the model description here.

April 13, 2020 | MOBS Lab and NetSI team are working with Vermont leadership to model COVID-19 mitigation strategies, which appear to be reducing the state's anticipated number of peak cases. More info here and here.

April 8, 2020 | Latest research from the MOBS Lab: Modeling COVID-19 in the United States

April 7, 2020 | MOBS Lab receives support from McGovern Foundation COVID-19 response fund

April 2, 2020 | New publication in The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Evolving epidemiology and transmission dynamics of coronavirus disease 2019 outside Hubei province, China: a descriptive and modelling study. Read here.

March 31, 2020 | New collaboration from NetSI researchers:  "Assessing changes in commuting and individual mobility in major metropolitan areas in the United States during the COVID-19 outbreak". Read the report here.

March 25, 2020 | Update from the Barabási Lab: COVID-19: Moving fast!

March 24, 2020 | Update from the Barabási Lab: COVID-19 and Network Medicine

March 23, 2020 | NetSI faculty Sam Scarpino participated in a Boston City Council hearing on the city's COVID-19 response. View the full video here


News & Media

How the Virus WonHow the Virus Won
The New York Times
Jun 25, 2020