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Epidemiology, Testing, and Public Health Policy for COVID-19

2021/04/20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Sayo Eweje, Ami Thakrar, and Constantine Tzouanas smilingThis event will feature Michael Mina and be hosted jointly by the Ragon Institute, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard Medical School. It is part of a larger, free course called “Understanding COVID-19: Evolution of an Epidemic.” Learn more about the course here. Register for the course here.


Understanding COVID-19 is a 2-day course (April 20th and 21st) intended to provide interested high school students with exposure to concepts in biotechnology through the lens of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will leave the course able to answer the following questions:

  • Where did the virus come from and how did it spread?
  • How does the virus cause COVID-19 disease? How is it similar or different to other coronaviruses or pandemic-causing viruses?
  • How do we treat COVID-19? How does medicine, the academic world, industry, and government come together to respond to a pandemic?
  • How do we develop vaccines — in general, and specifically for COVID-19? How do different types of vaccines work?