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Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia needs more contact tracers

Lyle Ungar of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences called for Pennsylvania to hire thousands more contact tracers to slow the spread of COVID-19. While it’s an expensive proposition, they say it’s still less costly than “the $225 million in grants to small businesses affected by the pandemic and the estimated $5 billion in tax revenue that Pennsylvania is expected to lose through June of next year.”

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USA Today

Canceled plans and staying home: How can students make the most of a coronavirus summer?

Vanessa Z. Chan of the School of Engineering and Applied Science wrote an op-ed about how students can still have a productive summer by taking online classes, picking up new hobbies, and creatively solving social problems.

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The New York Times

There are 3 things we have to do to get people wearing masks

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences, Lyle Ungar of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and PIK Professor Ezekiel J. Emanuel wrote an op-ed about how best to persuade people to wear protective face masks. “It’s not too late to apply three basic principles from behavioral science: make it easy, understood, and expected,” they write, “and we’ll soon see face masks everywhere, saving lives.”

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KYW Newsradio (Philadelphia)

The Origami Mask Project's engineers are designing DIY face masks for COVID-19

Shu Yang of the School of Engineering and Applied Science spoke about the The Origami Mask Project, which is developing simple, easy DIY face masks.

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The New York Times

Mapping the social network of coronavirus

PIK Professor Duncan Watts spoke about the limits of predictive modeling in confronting the spread of disease. “It may seem like a small thing at the time, but after the fact you say, ‘Oh yeah, that was hugely important,’” he said of the unexpected factors.

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