Our Work to Address COVID-19

Since the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 was first identified in Wuhan, China in late 2019, Columbia Public Health has been working on multiple fronts to respond to the spread of the virus.

Featured News

Fever Screening Tech Doubles as Early Warning System for Infectious Outbreaks
The low-cost system continuously screens multiple people for fever, and detects trends of fever prevalence that could help authorities direct public health resources.

Pharmacists' Role to Expand Amid Pandemic and Provider Shortages
Nearly 80% of patients see pharmacists as a key component of their health care team, but more advanced training is needed to meet growing demand and fill gaps in care.

Tracing the Spread of Delta Variant in Liberia
The Delta variant was already circulating in Liberia in early March 2021 and went on to become the dominant strain by June.

City Department of Health Honors Columbia Mailman for COVID Modeling
The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene honored researchers at Mailman for their disease modeling and epidemiology work on COVID-19 that helped inform city policy.



Our Community

Nine Ways Columbia Mailman Has Responded to the Pandemic
The Columbia Mailman School community has been on the front lines of the public health response to COVID-19.

Global Report Calls for Action to Strengthen Pandemic Response
W. Ian Lipkin and 22 fellow experts in global health and diplomacy serving on The Lancet COVID-19 Commission: Global Health Diplomacy and Cooperation Task Force published their findings. 

Jeffrey Shaman on Where the Pandemic Might Take Us in 2022
In the weeks since the emergence of the Omicron variant, the United States has once again led the world with a record of confirmed cases of COVID-19.

ICAP and Partners Set to Transform How NYC Prepares for Health Emergencies
New York City announced the Pandemic Response Institute will be led by ICAP at Columbia, located within Columbia Mailman School, along with the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy, and multisectoral partners across government, community organizations, industry, and academia.


Learn from our experts

Public Health: A Critical Foundation for Successful Societies

A conversation with Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization and Dr. Linda P. Fried, Dean of the Mailman School of Public Health.

Mandating COVID-19 Vaccines: What Happens Next

Featuring Robert Galvin, MD, Blackstone; Magda Schaler-Haynes, JD, MPH, Columbia Mailman School; and Olajide A. Williams, MD, MS, Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Hip Hop Public Health, and Michael Sparer, JD, PhD, Columbia Mailman School

HIV & COVID-19: When Pandemics Collide

Featuring Kevin De Cock, MD, FRCP (UK), DTM & H, Formerly with the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Kenya, Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA, ICAP at Columbia University and Columbia World Projects, Shannon Hader, MD, MPH, UNAIDS and United Nations, Gregg Gonsalves, PhD, Yale School of Public Health and Yale Law School, and Rejoice Nkambule, MPH, the Ministry of Health Eswatini

COVID-19 Vaccination and Incarcerated Populations

Featuring: Chelsea Clinton, DPhil, MPH, The Clinton Foundation and Columbia Mailman School; Robert Fullilove, EdD, Columbia Mailman School; Grace Lee, MD, MPH, Stanford University School of Medicine and U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP); Bruce Western, PhD, Columbia University; Patricia Yang, DrPH, NYC Health + Hospitals; Terry McGovern, JD, Columbia Mailman School

COVID-19 and Public Health: Two Years and a Changed Profession

Featuring Columbia Mailman School faculty Anabel Cole, MS, MPH, Jessica Justman, MD, Terry McGovern, JD, Nischay Mishra, PhD, and Michael A. Joseph, PhD, MPH 

Roll Up Your Sleeves

The “Roll Up Your Sleeves” public education campaign, featuring community leaders and Columbia University Irving Medical Center employees, encourages all eligible people to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their communities from COVID-19.

Control the Contagion

The team that brought you the film CONTAGION, including director Steven Soderbergh, writer Scott Z. Burns, along with key members of the ensemble cast, have partnered with scientists from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health to share evidence-based information about COVID-19 through public service announcements (PSAs).