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
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Major projects led by NetSI researchers


September 20, 2020 |  Samuel Scarpino spoke at the UrbanNet2020 satellite on how hierarchical population structure and mobility have shaped COVID-19 epidemic.

September 17, 2020 |  A new paper has been published in CDC Emerging Infectious Diseases "Early Insights from Statistical and Mathematical Modeling of Key Epidemiologic Parameters of COVID-19". The paper is in collaboration with the CDC and the WHO.

September 15, 2020 | New MOBS Lab research, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has been featured in the Financial Times, CNBC, and National Geographic.

August 27, 2020 | Alessandro Vespignani was the closing keynote speaker at the 26th SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining. The keynote was titled "Computational Epidemiology at the time of COVID-19"

August 26, 2020 | Samuel Scarpino participates in the "Fighting a pandemic: convergence of expertise, data science and policy" KDD2020 panel.

August 24, 2020 | New preprint on the subject of unintended consequences of inconsistent pandemic control policies from Samuel V. Scarpino and others.

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.

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News & Media

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