Politics, pandemics, and protests 

Exactly how the coronavirus pandemic, the current unrest, and the nation’s economic woes will affect November’s presidential election is unclear, but voter turnout will be key, according to two political experts. 

Kristen de Groot

‘Expanding what it means to be a class’

Allison Lassiter, Randall Mason, Michael Luegering, Joshua Mosley, Richard Farley, and Michael Henry had to work quickly and creatively to shift their classes from a hands-on learning experience to a virtual one.

From the Weitzman School of Design

Will the pandemic cause food shortages?

Wharton’s Marshall Fisher examines what’s behind the supply chain disruptions in grocery stores, with suppliers experiencing production slowdowns due to the pandemic.

From Knowledge@Wharton

In the News


House Democrats, insurance industry face off on pandemic plans

Howard Kunreuther of the Wharton School said the proposed Pandemic Risk Insurance Act would require the government to take on too much risk and proposed an alternative program that would more evenly distribute responsibility between policyholders, the insurance industry, and the government.


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.”


The New York Times

Cancel sleep away camp

Jill M. Baren of the Perelman School of Medicine and a Columbia University colleague wrote an op-ed proposing the cancellation of summer camps. “Camps are primarily in rural communities where an increasing number of COVID-19 cases are now emerging,” they write. “That local rise in cases increases the risk of transmission into camps, which could overwhelm already fragile hospital systems.”


The Washington Post

Retiring to a sunny foreign vacation spot was the American dream. Now the coronavirus is forcing some expats to come back

Olivia Mitchell of the Wharton School said expat retirees tend to stay abroad until their health begins decline, at which point access to U.S. medical care and family becomes a high priority. “This epidemic may hasten that return flow for people on the edge of that, who are starting to struggle with taking care of themselves,” she said.


The Hill

Incentives for COVID recovery: A single-edged sword?

Chris William Sanchirico of the Law School wrote about Sen. Mitch McConnell’s efforts to pass legislation shielding employers from liability as businesses reopen and employees return to work.


The Washington Post

A third of Americans now show signs of clinical anxiety or depression, Census Bureau finds amid coronavirus pandemic

Maria A. Oquendo of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the pandemic’s negative effects on Americans’ mental health. “It’s understandable given what’s happening. It would be strange if you didn’t feel anxious and depressed,” she said. “This virus is not like a hurricane or earthquake or even terrorist attack. It’s not something you can see or touch, and yet the fear of it is everywhere.”