Coronavirus Research

The unpredictable course of COVID-19

Austin Kilaru, an LDI associate fellow and emergency physician, studied COVID-19 patients who return to the hospital after an initial evaluation in the emergency department, to understand how often people need hospitalization after initially appearing well.

From Penn LDI

Adolescents, psychiatric hospitalization, and COVID-19

As widespread community transmission of COVID-19 continues, researchers say the focus must shift to the broader effects on health and wellbeing, including on the mental health of children and adolescents. A recent Penn LDI study reports on the impact of the pandemic on youth at a local behavioral health hospital.

The unique pandemic challenges faced by immunocompromised individuals

A photo-elicitation study funded by a Leonard Davis Institute (LDI) COVID-19 Rapid-Response grant has found that immunocompromised patients face unique challenges as a result of both their heightened risk of infection and adherence to government pandemic guidelines.

Hoag Levins

Who should get the COVID-19 vaccine first?

A group of global experts led by Penn offer a model that lays the groundwork for fair distribution and prioritize reducing premature deaths.

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In the News

NBC News

Whatever happened to Trump's 'Opening Up America Again' task force?

Research from the Penn Wharton Budget Model found that interventions targeting individual behaviors like mask-wearing are more effective at reducing COVID-19 infections at a lower economic cost than business shutdowns.



Landlords challenge U.S. eviction ban and continue to out renters

Michael Levy of the Perelman School of Medicine modeled the public health risks associated with evictions. His research predicted that a 1% eviction rate would lead to a 5-10% higher incidence of COVID-19 infection, and 1 death for every 60 evictions.



Stay-at-home orders more effective on virus than closing businesses

Research by the Wharton School’s Kent Smetters, Alexander Arnon, and John Ricco found that shelter-in-place orders did more to combat the coronavirus than business closures and at a lower economic cost.


U.S. News & World Report

Cellphone tracking can help predict pandemic’s spread

Joshua Baker of the Perelman School of Medicine authored a study that found that counties with greater declines in workplace cellphone activity during stay-at-home orders had lower COVID-19 rates. “This analysis supports the incorporation of anonymized cellphone location data into modeling strategies to predict at-risk counties across the U.S. before outbreaks become too great,” he said.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

COVID-19 ‘long haulers’ face uncertain future

A Penn clinic run by Robert Kotloff of the Perelman School of Medicine is studying and treating patients with persistent COVID-19 symptoms.


CBS Philadelphia

Beauty and the mask: People who wear face masks rated ‘far more attractive,’ study finds

David Sarwer of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about research he helped conduct about perceptions of mask wearing. “For people who might self-conscious or concerned about how they look in a mask when they go in the public, we now have evidence that says, in reality, people are going to see you as more attractive,” he said.