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Stay up-to-date with the latest IPR faculty media mentions concerning COVID-19 as well as other IPR news related to the coronavirus. The University has been sending out official communications to Northwestern and the entire community. Please continue to refer to official University sources for updates about the situation at Northwestern.


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Media Mentions, Op-Eds, and Research

Research | Media Mentions and Op-Eds


Partisan Responses to COVID-19

Affective polarization, or the extent to which partisans dislike and distrust members of the opposite political party, defines 21st century politics in America. New research from IPR political scientist James Druckman shows how those attitudes stretch beyond the political sphere, to influence individual attitudes about the COVID-19 pandemic. Surveying nearly 2,500 respondents, Druckman and his co-authors found that Republicans are likely to engage in significantly fewer preventative behaviors than Democrats. In another working paper focusing on the world of college athletics, Druckman and his fellow researchers shed light on how the politics of the pandemic can lead some to favor protecting dominant groups while leaving behind more vulnerable populations at the periphery.

Learning from the Past

IPR researchers including economist and IPR associate Joseph Ferrie and health psychologists Edith Chen and Greg Miller have parsed other brutal “shocks,” such as the 1918 influenza pandemic and the Great Recession, respectively, tracing their devastating socioeconomic effects over time. IPR economist Kirabo Jackson and his co-authors have also examined how recessionary cuts to per-student spending reduced students’ likelihood of graduating and lowered their test scores, and IPR social demographer Christine Percheski and her colleagues discovered that the 2009 recession halved the net worth of the wealthiest African American and Hispanic families.

Survey on Social and Behavioral Impacts of COVID-19

IPR sociologist Beth Redbird launched a survey in March to ask U.S. participants about how they are experiencing life under coronavirus. The survey contains 125 social and behavioral questions, covering a wide variety of topics, including health and stress, household and institution responses, and social and community engagement.

Developing a New Test for SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies

IPR biological anthropologist Thomas McDade is developing a new means of testing for antibodies in SARS-CoV-2, the official name for the virus that causes COVID-19. He is currently pulling together resources and equipment to launch the effort. McDade’s approach will involve using a blood test to identify SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, which remain in the blood longer once the infection is gone. Early results from community sampling using the test show a high rate of transmission between members of the same household

Accounting for All Impacts in COVID-19 Modeling

IPR economist Charles F. Manski, an expert in decision making, argues that the recent Imperial College COVID-19 report’s recommendation for suppression as the preferred policy option was unjustifiable because it was based on flawed modeling. In an op-ed in Scientific American, Manski points out that the epidemiological model used in the study only accounted for the pandemic’s impact on healthcare systems, ignoring equally critical ethical and economic costs. 

Firming Up Food Security and the Social Safety Net

IPR director and economist Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach and the Hamilton Project’s Lauren Bauer (PhD 2016), recommend policymakers take strong steps to firm up the social safety net given the damage the coronavirus pandemic has done to the economy. They point out the stabilizing effects that programs like the Supplementary Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) have not just on families, but on the economy as they increase collective demand for goods.

Easing Access to the Safety Net

The expansion of social insurance programs through the recently enacted $2 trillion economic rescue plan will not, on its own, be sufficient to help as many Americans as possible, IPR economist Matthew Notowidigdo and MIT’s Amy Finkelstein write in an op-ed in Governing. They propose two evidence-based steps to enroll more people in need in programs such as unemployment insurance, Medicaid, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps.

Studying Effects on Mortality and Health

IPR economist Hannes Schwandt studies how the spread of disease and economic crises can have an impact on people’s health as well as acquiring skills and education. His research has direct relevance to the current pandemic. Schwandt examined children born to mothers who had strong cases of seasonal flu during pregnancy, discovering that short-term effects on newborns, such as being born prematurely and low birth weight, are followed by long-term declines in earnings and substantial increases in welfare dependence.

Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Gender Equality

The economic downturn caused by COVID-19 has implications for gender equality, according to a new IPR working paper by economist and IPR associate Matthias Doepke. He and his colleagues show that while job losses were higher for men in past recessions, the COVID-19 pandemic has shut down restaurants and slowed travel, impacting industries that employ many women.

Shifting Resources and Research to Effective COVID-19 Responses

Development economist and IPR associates Dean Karlan and Chris Udry, who direct the Global Poverty Research Lab at Northwestern, are collaborating with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), founded by Karlan in 2002, to launch Research for Effective COVID-19 Responses, or RECOVR. IPA, which has offices in 22 low-income countries around the world, will shift all of its expertise in collecting data, evidence, and analysis to initiatives that will better equip leaders in vulnerable countries to make more informed decisions about COVID-19. 

Using Social and Behavioral Science to Support the COVID-19 Pandemic Response

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, an international team of leading social scientists including IPR political scientist James Druckman and psychologist Eli Finkel, as well as Stanford sociologist Robb Willer and New York University neural social psychologist Jay Van Bavel, came together to analyze what the social and behavioral sciences can tell us about the response to the pandemic. The study was published in Nature Human Behaviour on April 30. 

Food Insecurity Increases During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As one of the foremost experts on the food safety net in the nation, IPR director and economist Diane Schanzenbach has undertaken a real-time study of figures from the COVID Impact Survey with research assistant Abigail Pitts. So far, they have analyzed the two available waves of data for April 20–26 and May 4–10, comparing the numbers to those collected between 2011 and 2018. They find that compared to the months before the crisis, the rates of food insecurity have doubled overall and have tripled for families with children. Additionally, their analysis of Census Household Pulse Survey data shows similarly high rates of food insecurity and that the large increase in unemployment explains nearly half of the increase in unemployment. 

Survey Results Show Partisan Gaps Emerging Around Attitudes About the Pandemic

A majority of Americans (60%) continue to prefer that the country wait at least four weeks before reopening, according to a new survey of more than 20,000 Americans between May 2 and 15. IPR political scientist James Druckman worked on the nationwide survey as part of a consortium of four universities that includes Northwestern, Harvard, Northeastern, and Rutgers. But partisan gaps on when to reopen are becoming more prominent. They also find that a majority of Americans (60%) support efforts to make it easier to vote by mail in the upcoming November election, including majorities in 46 states. The latest results show Americans’ trust in institutions’ ability to handle COVID-19 is fading—especially trust in the police, which has fallen by 8% since April.

Cautious Optimism for Pregnant Women and Their Children

The evidence for whether a mother’s coronavirus infection could similarly impair an infant’s development in utero is still ongoing, but IPR economist Hannes Schwandt’s timely review of the existing evidence shows reason for cautious optimism. The rate of reported COVID-19 deaths among pregnant mothers is low, and while infections occur in pregnant mothers, most of them experience mild cases or show no symptoms. Children born to mothers who had COVID-19 while pregnant seem to show no detectable impairments, and typically test negative for the virus.

Imprecise COVID-19 Drug Trials 

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, researchers are reporting findings of randomized trials comparing standard care with care augmented by experimental drugs. The trials have small sample sizes, so estimates of treatment effects are statistically imprecise. In a new IPR working paper, also published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, IPR economist Charles Manski, along with co-author Aleksey Tetenov of the University of Geneva, argue that the manner in which medical research articles present findings of trials assessing COVID-19 drugs may inappropriately give the impression that new treatments are not effective. They say this could steer clinicians away from innovative treatments and negatively affect patient outcomes.

Media Mentions and Op-Eds

As part of a Chicago Tribune story on racial disparities among pregnant women with COVID-19, Ann Borders said the pandemic “brought its own set of issues around disparities, but also highlights issues that have been there all along.” July 2, 2020

Christine Percheski described to Fox 32 how the COVID-19 pandemic may affect the American birthrate. July 2, 2020

In speaking about a new study to test for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, Thomas McDade told WGNTV that instead of using a “sledgehammer” approach to shut down everything, we can use “a scalpel ... to identify the more specific behaviors and policies that are most effective at preventing the transmission of the virus in the community.” July 2, 2020

The Chicago Tribune featured Thomas McDade and Brian Mustanski’s study (SCAN) to test for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies and help understand why communities of color have been harder hit. June 30, 2020

NPR’s All Things Considered reported on the debate over pricing for the COVID-19 drug remdesivir, and Craig Garthwaite noted the manufacturer’s payoff will incentivize other firms to invest in creating treatments and vaccines. June 29, 2020

Jack Doppelt appeared on CBS News to discuss the challenges around misinformation and voting by mail due to COVID-19 for the November presidential election. June 26, 2020

Yahoo! Finance cited research from Hannes Schwandt that sheds light on the lagging wages of those who graduate into a recession. June 24, 2020

Beth Redbird told the Washington Post’s Catherine Rampell that it could be constructive that Americans don’t think the U.S. is better than other countries because "maybe we decide it’s time to change institutions we’ve taken for granted.” June 22, 2020

Food insecurity is twice its rate before COVID-19 and child hunger has risen even more, according to research by Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach. Despite this, a lot of people still aren't seeing money from the CARES Act yet, she told Jason DeParle in the New York Times. June 21, 2020 

Married women spend nearly twice as much time on childcare as their husbands even when they both work full-time, according to research looking at the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on women by Matthias Doepke cited in the Wall Street Journal. June 21, 2020

A New York Times op-ed about fatherhood amid the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted an AP story where Craig Garfield explained that it has “reshaped the way fathers are involved with their families and children.” The article also cited research by Matthias Doepke, which shows the pandemic has economically impacted women more than men. June 21, 2020

In the New York Times, Seema Jayachandran writes that recent research on raising the minimum wage at department stores and nursing homes shows that an increase in pay can boost productivity in the work force and save lives. June 18, 2020

A Financial Times op-ed mentioned an essay by Charles Manski that argued national and local COVID-19 policies should be approached as problems in decision making under uncertainty and vary by state. June 18, 2020

Craig Garfield explained to the Associated Press that because more fathers are working from home during the pandemic it is an "unprecedented opportunity" for them to be really involved with their families and children. June 18, 2020

Reuters highlighted an antibody test Thomas McDadeBrian Mustanski, and other Northwestern researchers created that will look for people who may be immune to COVID-19 and provide insight into the different virus rates across Chicago neighborhoods. June 16, 2020

Diane Schanzenbach told U.S. News that increasing SNAP benefits during the Great Recession was an effective policy to stimulate the economy and alleviate food insecurity, which suggests Congress should take a stronger response to the current pandemic. June 16, 2020

Brian Uzzi writes in Forbes how AI has emerged as a major player in the race to find COVID-19 therapies and a vaccine, highlighting a Kellogg AI tool estimating the reliability of coronavirus research. June 12, 2020

Beth Redbird discussed the results of her national survey on attitudes and behaviors related to COVID-19 with Politico Pro, and she said that 18 to 22 year-olds are among the most diligent mask-wearers. June 11, 2020

Diane Schanzenbach told Politico that it would be a great time for Congress to increase the benefits of food stamp recipients because of the high levels of food insecurity. “I just can’t believe they haven’t," she said. June 8, 2020

"The closure of schools has revealed the many roles that schools play, particularly in the lives of our most disinvested Black and Brown communities," writes Sally Nuamah and her colleagues in an Education Week op-ed about COVID-19's impact on children. June 8, 2020

The Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted data from a survey by Beth Redbird, which revealed that only 15% of Americans support the government tracking people with the coronavirus. June 5, 2020

Food insecurity doubled overall in the United States in April, tripling among households with children, according to a report by Diane Schanzenbach highlighted in the Washington Post. June 4, 2020

We find that men who can work from home do about 50% more childcare than men who cannot,” Matthias Doepke told the New York Times about the findings of his research. "This may ultimately promote gender equality in the labor market.” June 3, 2020

CBS Chicago interviewed Crystal Clark about the heightened anxiety around racial tensions in the U.S. and COVID-19. She advised people to reach out to their community to process, monitor their feelings, and contact a professional for support. June 3, 2020 

The Economist highlighted research by Matthias Doepke about his work, which finds that COVID-19 has created more gender inequality. June 2, 2020

Hannes Schwandt told Business Insider that younger workers could be at a disadvantage if remote work becomes the new normal because it will limit their networking opportunities. May 29, 2020

Unlike previous disasters, the U.S. doesn’t seem to be unifying in its response to COVID-19. “It has been a solidarity- and trust-destroying disaster,” Beth Redbird told the Guardian about what the results of her survey reveals. May 23, 2020

In an op-ed for the Hill,  Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach writes that “it would be unconscionable and heart-breaking to miss the opportunity to ease the suffering and spur economic growth in this next round of stimulus aid. May 22, 2020

Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach told WGN that “11% of Chicagoans have gone to a food pantry over the past week,” and “almost one out of every five families with children have had to turn to a food pantry.” May 21, 2020

The New York Times' newsletter In Her Words highlighted research by Matthias Doepke, which shows that while women will be disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 compared to men, the pandemic could lead to a cultural change as men take on more childcare and housework while working from home. May 20, 2020

Beth Redbird told the Atlantic that according to a survey she’s conducting,  “70 to 75% of people support most social-distancing measures… we rarely see that outside of authoritarian polling.” May 20, 2020

The New York Times cited research from Hannes Schwandt and his co-author that found those who entered the labor market during the recession of the early 1980s were “less likely to be married or to have children, and more likely to die young.” May 19, 2020

Thomas McDade explained to Reuters that a CDC study to track how the new coronavirus is spreading across the country into next year and beyond, may not “generate results that are generalizable to the population." May 18, 2020

 In the Washington Post, Craig Garthwaite writes that we should be cautious about underpricing drugs for COVID-19 treatments. May 18, 2020

Peter Slevin reports in the New Yorker that President Trump's campaign has brought an angry tone to the election during the COVID-19 era. May 16, 2020

Hannes Schwandt appeared on Al Jazeera's “Counting the Cost” program, saying students graduating into the post-COVID-19 economy are “particularly vulnerable,” seeing a persistent loss in income. May 16, 2020

Christine Percheski talked to John Howell on WLS 890AM about why COVID-19 is predicted to lower the Illinois population. May 15, 2020

Christine Percheski told Politico that Illinois' population is likely to continue its decline in the wake of COVID-19, and it’s “just a matter of how much.” May 15, 2020

As an illness possibly linked to COVID-19 begins to appear in children who have contracted it, Craig Garfield of Lurie Children's Hospital told ABC7 Chicago that he doesn’t think it will affect many children, but urged parents to reach out to their doctor with questions. May 14, 2020

In a NBC News op-ed, Joanne Lipman cited research by Matthias Doepke which finds that COVID-19's disproportionate effect on “women's employment is ‘likely to be persistent,’ and workers who lose jobs are ‘likely to have less secure employment in the future.’” May 14, 2020

On NPR’s Marketplace, Matthew Notowidigdo described how bankruptcy provides a “fresh start” after times of economic distress like the coronavirus recession. May 14, 2020

Hannes Schwandt told Business Insider that although graduates entering the job market now face a “more difficult starting position,” that “doesn't mean they can't get to their spot where they are supposed to be.”  May 9, 2020

In the Atlantic, Charles C. Mann writes about the “long-term, powerful aftereffects” of pandemics, citing Craig Garthwaite's research on children born during the 1918 flu pandemic who were sicker as adults — and what this might mean for COVID-19. May 9, 2020

Craig Garthwaite discussed the potential pricing of remdesivir with NPR, saying the price should be "generous" in order to encourage further development of potential COVID-19 treatments. May 8, 2020

During the Great Recession, Congress increased SNAP benefits and by 2013 nearly 20 million people had joined the program. “This is what you want a safety net to do — expand in times of crisis,”  Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach," told the New York Times. May 6, 2020

Thomas McDade talked to Fox News about a COVID-19 antibodies test he is developing and said the test will also help in “ascertaining the true prevalence and mortality rate of infection.” May 6, 2020

Annette D’Onofrio explained to the Chicago Tribune that language used during the COVID-19 pandemic “sounds like people trying to take control of their world, which is what happens in big moments." May 6, 2020

Amid the financial shocks that hospitals and health care providers are currently experiencing, Craig Garthwaite told the Washington Post that many are asking themselves “How efficient can you be in a world of social distancing?” May 4, 2020

Fortune Magazine covered Brian Uzzi's efforts to use A.I. to help better predict whether COVID19-related studies can be replicated. May 4, 2020

In Politico, David Rapp explains why some Trump supporters continue to promote the drug hydroxychloroquine despite flawed evidence for its effectiveness against COVID-19, while raising red flags about promising studies of remdesivir. May 2, 2020

Beth Redbird told Crain's Chicago that there is so much uncertainty about COVID-19 that even if political leaders encourage people to go to back to stores, they will continue to avoid them. May 1, 2020

Sally Nuamah spoke to City Lab about her forthcoming book, Closed for Democracy, which looks at the political fallout of school closings on black and Latino families, as well as how COVID-19 will impact schools. May 1, 2020

Fay Lomax Cook and the National Academy of Social Insurance Elaine Weiss argue in the Hill about the “potentially lethal blow” of COVID-19 on older workers, urging Congress to provide relief through Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Unemployment Insurance. May 1, 2020

In the Hill, Sera Young and Josh Miller write with limited water, handwashing to stop the spread of COVID-19 is compromised, highlighting the need to address water insecurity across the world. April 27, 2020

The Chicago Tribune interviewed Celeste Watkins-Hayes about stigma around the coronavirus, and she encouraged people who had contracted the virus to tell their stories about testing positive and getting through it. April 27, 2020

“There’s been an increase in the frequency with which we fight with our partner and an increase of stress,” Beth Redbird told Honolulu Civil Beat, based on the results of her national survey looking at how COVID-19 has affected life in the U.S. April 26, 2020

Fox 43 highlighted research by Matthias Doepke shows that women will shoulder more child care than men, but because more dads are staying home with their children it could bring greater gender equality. April 25, 2020

Lori Ann Post told WGN Radio that the COVID-19 lockdown has increased domestic abuse calls to police in Chicago, but because victims don't have the freedom to file police reports in person, fewer are being filed. April 23, 2020

Peter Slevin reports in the New Yorker that Chicago’s opening will be gradual and information about how many people have contracted COVID-19 won’t come quickly, especially if the gaps in testing remain unfilled.  April 22, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program is supposed to help small businesses with fewer than 500 employees, but large chains have been able to access it, too. Benjamin Jones told WTTW that the money is well motivated, but not well targeted. April 20, 2020

Fortune discussed research by Hannes Schwandt showing the negative consequences of graduating during a recession, and he said “the bad luck of leaving school during hard times can lead to higher rates of early death and permanent differences in life circumstances.” April 20, 2020

Hannes Schwandt spoke to WNYC about how graduating during an economic downturn can impact long-term earnings and lead to worse health outcomes later in life, making those entering the workforce a particularly vulnerable population. April 17, 2020

Forbes highlighted research by Matthias Doepke looking at how the economic downturn from COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted women, but could change gender norms around childcare and housework as women remain in essential roles in healthcare and education. April 17, 2020 

Melissa Simon told Good Morning America that even though pregnant women might feel scared to go to the hospital to deliver because of the coronavirus pandemic, it's still safer to have a baby at a hospital than at home. April 17, 2020

Seth Stein explained to WGN Radio that the earth is quieting down, or its seismic noise has decreased, because human activity like driving or operating machinery has slowed during the pandemic. April 17, 2020

WTTW talked to Melissa Simon about what doctors and hospitals are doing to keep pregnant women safe, noting that they don't believe pregnant women are at increased risk for COVID-19 and mothers who have tested positive have safely delivered babies. April 16, 2020

Facebook will begin warning users if they interact with misinformation about COVID-19. Stephanie Edgerly told the Associated Press this may not stop the spread of false claims because users might see misinformation in their Facebook feed but not share, like, or comment on it. April 16, 2020

Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach and Lauren Bauer argue in the Hill that all states should move to an electronic grocery voucher plan and shut down school meal sites to avoid putting families and school workers at risk. April 15, 2020

Higher Ed cited research by David Figlio showing that online classes do not offer the same quality of education as face-to-face classes and research by Hannes Schwandt, which finds that graduates entering the job market during a recession had lower earnings. April 15, 2020 

"Older adults are often masters in turning their attention away from information that is threatening, upsetting and negative," Claudia Haase told the New York Times so they don't perceive threats, like COVID-19, the same way younger people do. April 15, 2020

The Daily Northwestern talked to Celeste Watkins-Hayes about the racial differences in Evanston's COVID-19 cases. She said compared to the HIV/AIDS outbreak, now there's more awareness of racial health statistics. April 11, 2020

HealthDay interviewed Lori Post about the increase in domestic violence during the coronavirus pandemic. April 10, 2020

Benjamin Jones explained to NBC Chicago that unemployment benefits from the state would be larger, come faster, and last longer than benefits from the federal government. April 10, 2020

In the Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Chapman cited a survey from Beth Redbird showing that in mid-March people were more worried about disruptions from COVID-19 than contracting the virus. Now, they’re more concerned about getting sick. April, 10, 2020

In his newsletter, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof highlighted work by Sera Young showing that globally 1 in 4 households don't have access to water to wash their hands. In some places only half the population could wash their hands in the prior month. April 9, 2020

Crime has gone down in Chicago because of COVID-19, but will it last? “What is missing is the fact that people are still suffering,” Andrew Papachristos told the Trace. “The danger is to take your eye off the other things… the drivers for violence are still there.” April 4, 2020

In the New Yorker, Peter Slevin reported how Illinois politicians Governor J.B. Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot are working to confront the coronavirus despite a chaotic federal response. April 4, 2020

CNN highlighted a new working paper by Matthias Doepke, which shows that women will shoulder the majority of the child care responsibilities during the COVID-19 outbreak, but he predicts that men will increase their participation in housework and child care. April 4, 2020

Reuters spoke to Hannes Schwandt about the consequences of an extended economic freeze, and he said that it could shorten the lifespan of 6.4 million Americans entering the job market.  April 3, 2020

Eli Finkel writes in Business Insider, that to preserve—and even strengthen—your relationship during COVID-19 you need to "recalibrate expectations of what the relationship can realistically provide under the circumstances." April 3, 2020

In the Chicago Tribune, Terri Sabol explained that low-income families are hit especially hard during economic downturns, and policymakers should figure out ways to reduce the burden of child care from parents who have lost it with school closings. April 1, 2020

The New York Times spoke to Matthias Doepke about his new research, which finds that women will be disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 through unemployment and because they will take on the extra work of child care while schools are closed. March 31, 2020 

The safety net is stronger because of the recent stimulus bill, but what happens when the coronavirus ends? In the New York Times, Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach estimates nearly 20% of immigrant households with food stamps will lose benefits because of previous work requirements. “You can’t talk about the safety net today without talking about immigrants,” she said. March 31, 2020

Matthew Notowidigdo addressed the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus in Governing, writing that now is the time to ease access to safety net programs. March 31, 2020

PBS NewsHour mentioned research by Hannes Schwandt, which shows that short-term economic hardship can have an effect on health years later. March 30, 2020

In Scientific American, Charles Manski writes that the prevailing epidemiological models for the coronavirus pandemic do not take economic and ethical concerns into account. March 28, 2020

The Chicago Tribune’s Mary Schmich discussed the uncertainties of having a baby during the COVID-19 pandemic with Melissa Simon. March 27, 2020

In conversation with Marketplace about the legislative response to the coronavirus, Matthew Notowidigdo explains the consistent finding that the longer unemployment benefits are available, the longer people will go between jobs. March 27, 2020

A New York Time op-ed cited a Politico essay by Monica Prasad, who notes that this is a dangerous political moment for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. March 27, 2020

Claudia Haase wrote a blog post in Medium about how to talk to your parents and older adults about staying home. March 27, 2020

Wesley Skogan explained to WBEZ that crime has been lower in Chicago because “the coronavirus crisis is reducing people’s exposure to risk, keeping them inside, keeping them out of risky places, keeping them out of bars and restaurants." March 26, 2020

A recent poll shows that older people may have less exposure to the coronavirus. Charles Manski told Reuters that this could be because they tend to have smaller social circles and may be more cautious than younger people. March 26, 2020

In CBS Chicago, Melissa Simon explained that it's normal for new mothers to feel anxious or more depressed and confused because of the coronavirus. She said if you are feeling this way to please reach out for help. March 26, 2020

“It may be tempting to stay up late binge-watching your favorite shows because you don’t have to go to work in the morning, but it is more important than ever to prioritize your sleep,” Kristen Knutson told the New York Times. March 25, 2020

Monica Prasad writes in Politico Magazine that during the coronavirus pandemic, Joe Biden can learn from the historical example of Ronald Reagan, who ran for president in 1980 amid the Iranian hostage crisis. March 25, 2020

Women who are expecting during the coronavirus pandemic are facing a stressful environment, Melissa Simon told the Daily Herald. She encouraged them to reach out to their healthcare provider for support, including from a counselor over video. March 25, 2020

Dean Karlan and Paola Sapienza signed an open letter to Congress urging lawmakers to prioritize individuals and households over corporations in the coronavirus bailout bill. March 24, 2020

Melissa Simon told the Today Show that due to the coronavirus, visits to women giving birth, are restricted, saying at Northwestern Memorial Hospital "we only allow one visitor, and they can’t be switched." March 23, 2020

Benjamin Jones told Marketplace that the coronavirus could hit the service industry hardest. “You can defer the TV, the couch, the home repair, the car, but a lot of the demand that’s lost on the service side is lost permanently." March 23, 2020

In the HillJay Shambaugh cites Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach's work showing how SNAP benefits can serve as an economic support for low-income households during times of crisis. March 23, 2020

Lori Ann Post told the Charleston Post and Courier that by ordering takeout during the COVID-19 pandemic Americans can “save the economy … and you’ll have really tasty food." March 18, 2020

Michelle Birkett writes in Scientific American that scientists need to be empowered as part of a society-wide collaboration to fight the spread of the coronavirus, including working with policymakers at the local and federal level. March 18, 2020 

Northwestern president Morton Schapiro wrote about leadership during the coronavirus outbreak in the Chicago Tribune, saying “when you are in a crisis, you need to model resilience and empathy.” March 17, 2020

Melissa Simon told the Chicago Tribune that for pregnant mothers worried about transmitting coronavirus to newborns, the biggest issue is personal contact and that “as long as you’re practicing good hygiene, you’ll reduce any chance of transmission.”  March 16, 2020

Terri Sabol recommended to the Illinois Newsroom that caregivers of children who are home from school due to the coronavirus should limit screen time, provide structured activity, and break up the day with physical and outdoor activity. March 16, 2020

In a Washington Post op-ed, Dean Karlan and Susan Athey encourage people to help mitigate the economic effects of the coronavirus by donating to food banks and medical charities, and leaving larger-than-usual tips. March 16, 2020

After Fox News’ Sean Hannity compared the number of coronavirus deaths to homicides in Chicago, Linda Teplin told the Chicago Tribune that given that given how little is known about the virus, “It’s apples and oranges, that’s why I think it’s not an apt comparison.” March 13, 2020 

A New York Times op-ed mentioned policy responses from Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach and Lauren Bauer on how the government can ensure food security during COVID-19 by increasing food purchasing power and expanding SNAP benefits. March 11, 2020 

In USA Today, Héctor Carrillo compared coronavirus to the HIV pandemic, saying “We’re seeing an initial emphasis on the need to alter interactions.... We’re being asked to alter them fairly rapidly and immediately to reduce the possibilities of transmission." March 12, 2020 

For the Brookings Institution, Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach and Lauren Bauer wrote about how increased funding for SNAP is a key part of any efforts to fight COVID-19 with financial stimulus. March 9, 2020

Rebecca Seligman discussed the process of naming an illness with Vox. She said that calling the coronavirus outbreak a neutral name like Covid-19 can "help temper some of the overreacting that people might be doing." February 14, 2020

Photo credit: CDC/ Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS 

Published: July 7, 2020.