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.

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Context is Crucial in Discussion of COVID Disparities
As COVID-19 impacts communities of color, including elevated rates of severe illness and death, Columbia Public Health experts highlight the factors that give rise to those outcomes.

Delayed Response to Rebound Would Cost Lives
New projections from Columbia Public Health scientists find that delays in reimplementing social distancing following a relaxation of control measures could result in a stronger rebound of COVID-19.

FDA Approves Studies of Plasma Therapy for COVID-19
Blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors could be used to protect high-risk individuals and health care workers, and to treat critically ill patients.

Columbia Public Health Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Since the novel coronavirus was first identified, Columbia Public Health has been working on multiple fronts to respond to the spread of the virus.

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From Nipah to COVID-19 in South India
Dr. Nazneen Ali, a recent 2020 MHA graduate, shares her observations and lessons learned from Kerala’s robust public health system.


Our Alumni on the COVID-19 Front Lines
Hear how numerous Columbia Public Health grads have applied their expertise to address the crisis.

T-shirts and Scissors: Make a DIY Evidence-Based Protective Mask
Physician Virginia Dato, MPH ’92, has come up with a do-it-yourself mask that almost anyone can create with a few simple ingredients: a t-shirt, scissors, a ruler, and boiling water.

Learn from our experts

A Coronavirus Vaccine: Prospects and Potential Problems

Hosted by Dean’s Seminar Series on Chronic Disease

Featuring Paul Offitt, MD, Director of the Vaccine Education Center, Attending Physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania; and, Stephen S. Morse, PhD, Professor, Epidemiology, Director, Infectious Disease Epidemiology Certificate Program, Columbia Public Health

Africa Confronting Covid-19

Co-hosted by ICAP at Columbia, Columbia Global Centers-Nairobi, Columbia Global Centers-Tunis

Featuring Wafaa El-Sadr, Director, ICAP at Columbia University; Dr. Murugi Ndirangu, Director, Columbia Global Centers, Nairobi; and Youssef Cherif, Director, Columbia Global Centers Tunis

Stigma and Racism in Times of Epidemics

Hosted by Columbia School of Social Work

With Dean Melissa Begg, School of Social Work; Robert Fullilove, Professor Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia Public Health; Merlin Chowkwanyun, Assistant Professor, Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia Public Health; Alissa Davis, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work; Karma Love, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

What We Need to Know About Coronavirus

W. Ian Lipkin, MD, director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University Mailman School of Health, traveled to China in late January to get information about the coronavirus, 2019-nCoV.

Columbia Public Health Now Podcast

Columbia Public Health Now explores today’s most pressing public health issues and their implications for the health and well-being of populations around the world.

This spring, we focused on COVID-19, whose global spread is without historical precedent. Join us as we attempt to unravel some of the mystery around this virus and its many impacts on individuals and communities, both local and global.

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).