The battle against Covid-19 is a worldwide challenge unlike any in living memory. And the Georgia Tech community has joined the fight, contributing our expertise, innovation, and indomitable spirit to the effort. Even as we remain committed to serving our students, faculty, and staff, we have been accelerating our advancement of technology in response to our world's new reality. In fact, our work has been deepening the understanding of Covid-19’s trajectory, the risks associated with gatherings, Covid-19's impact on the economy, and helping to save lives and improve outcomes locally and across the nation.

We have enabled more than 1.8 million pieces of personal protective equipment and 7,000 gallons of redesigned hand sanitizer to be delivered to healthcare workers. And we have provided free designs and instructions for make-at-home face shields and face masks, helped design low-cost emergency ventilators, and partnered to design barrier protection devices for medical staff.

We're all about the solutions. Together, we can do this.

 

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What Georgia Tech Thinks

Four faculty members in the School of History and Sociology (HSOC) at Georgia Tech are examining Covid-19 conspiracy theories to help craft effective policy responses to the pandemic. 


As we kick off a new year and phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, the College of Sciences will continue to use its social media series, #StraightToTheSource, to share tips and techniques, evidence-based answers, and peer-reviewed data to help sort through news feeds and headlines — straight from our community of faculty and research experts.


Shatakshee Dhongde, associate professor of economics in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, found that significant proportions of U.S. respondents were experiencing economic hardships early in the Covid-19 pandemic, making the need for economic aid to vulnerable populations urgent.


Pinar Keskinocak, director of the Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems at Georgia Tech, discusses disease spread modeling for Covid-19 and what she sees coming in the “second wave.”


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Georgia Tech in the News

The New York TimesHealth care workers are facing a serious shortage of critical equipment needed to treat the coronavirus. We spoke to the makers who are building innovative protective gear and ventilators for them.

The Wall Street JournalA sluggish rollout of Covid-19 vaccines across the U.S. highlights the challenges of a decentralized distribution plan that relies on states and localities to handle the complicated last-mile logistics of getting shots into people’s arms, supply-chain experts say.

The Augusta ChronicleCreative people in the Augusta community and at Augusta University are using 3D printers to create new face shields and medical masks to help address a critical shortage of protective equipment.

The New York TimesIn desperate times, there are many ways to stretch vaccines and speed up inoculation campaigns, according to experts who have done it.

Explaining the Covid-19 Vaccine

Two researchers in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, who work with the components that make up the Covid-19 vaccine, discuss how the vaccine is made, how it works, and why it is safe.


Coping With Covid-19


More than 200 portable air purifiers will be installed in centrally and departmentally scheduled classrooms ahead of the first day of classes on Monday, Aug. 23.


For almost a year and a half, the pandemic has affected how most people work, play, and generally conduct their lives. Now people are emerging from their social bubbles, re-engaging with colleagues, and, very likely, trying to increase their happiness during a period of prolonged stress. Eric Schumacher, professor in the School of Psychology, taught a course this summer on stress and happiness.


School of Public Policy Associate Professor Julia Melkers and her colleague, Eric Welch of Arizona State University, are embarking on a two-year study of how scientific teams — particularly those collaborating internationally — adapted and innovated during the pandemic.