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SCI 20 — How to End the Coronavirus Pandemic

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Jan 27—Mar 17
Time: 6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Jan 29
Unit: 1
Tuition: $410
Instructor(s): Jason Silverstein
Status: Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Winter
Live Online(About Formats)
Wednesdays
6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Jan 27—Mar 17
8 weeks
Drop By
Jan 29
1 Unit
Fees
$410
Instructor(s):
Jason Silverstein
Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
COVID-19—the worst pandemic in a century—rapidly changed our world, and it is far from over. The novel coronavirus so thoroughly upended life as we know it because the disease exposed weaknesses in our bodies and societies, from how hospitals are prepared to who gets paid sick leave to how we protect the most vulnerable. The war against COVID-19 has drafted everyone, from doctors and nurses to politicians and policymakers to store clerks and custodial staff, and as a public health emergency, all of us and everyone we know. In this course, we will examine the roots of why COVID-19 has been so deadly, what has worked in breaking transmission and saving lives, and what medical, social, and political interventions need to happen in order to end this pandemic. We will begin with how COVID-19 emerged and how nations responded, and we will consider choices made in testing, treatment, and locking down. From there, we will investigate the dangers of the interventions, from domestic violence to surveillance. Finally, we will discuss the challenges of a vaccine for a disease affecting a world that doesn't work together. Given the evolving nature of the pandemic, we will frequently hear from guest speakers who are working on the front lines, from clinical work to healthcare policy, to bring us the most up-to-date information.

Jason Silverstein, Lecturer and Writer-in-Residence, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Jason Silverstein is a regular contributor to Men's Health and VICE and has reported extensively on COVID-19. He has written about health and politics for The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New York Times, and The Guardian, among others. Silverstein received a PhD in anthropology from Harvard and an MTS in religion, ethics, and politics from Harvard Divinity School.