Research on COVID-19


Events, activities and publications by members of Academia Europaea and Young Academy of Europe#

The Board of Academia Europaea calls on its members for information about events, activities and published papers relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. A summary of papers received to date is listed below.

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Virtual Workshop on COVID-19, November 23, 2020, 9 am to 5 pm. Hosted by the Central European University (CEU) and its CEU School of Public Policy (Vienna/Austria), the AE Section “Economics, Business and Management Sciences” of the Academia Europaea (AE) holds a virtual Workshop on COVID-19 on November 23, 2020, 9 am to 5 pm, CET – Vienna time. The event is supported by the Global Labor Organization (GLO).

Call for Papers for the JEEM-Edinburgh-Shanghai Climate and Development (Hybrid) Conference: Covid-19 Pandemic and Sustainable Development. The conference is co-organized by Professor Wenxuan Hou, member of the Economics, Business and Management Sciences section. 6 December 2020. Shanghai, China

Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt MAE published a paper titled ‘The ways of knowing the pandemic with the help of prompted autoethnography’. This article discusses how different forms of autoethnographic production prompted by diverse forms of academic self-expression can lead to different types of knowing. The author discusses her own reflections of motherhood, self-care, and performance in academia. This paper is part of the Massive_Microscopic project, where participants responded to 21 different prompts inviting autoethnographic reflections about COVID-19 global pandemic. Read more.

Biomedical Research#

Vincenzo Greco MAE published a paper titled ‘Transmission of airborne virus through sneezed and coughed droplets’ (in collaboration with Santosh K. Das, Jan-e Alam and Salvatore Plumari). The paper discusses the evolution of droplets in space and time under varying external conditions of temperature, humidity, and wind flow. This paper offers useful information for preventing the spread of other types of droplets containing microorganisms. Read more.

Peter Hegyi MAE (in collaboration with Czumbel, Kiss, Farkas, Mandel, A. Hegyi, Nagy, Lohinai, Szakács, Steward and Varga) published the paper titled ‘Saliva as a Candidate for COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing: A Meta-Analysis’. This study offers evidence for saliva tests as a promising alternative to nasopharyngeal swab tests for COVID-19 diagnosis. Read more.

Peter Hegyi MAE (in collaboration with Földi, Farkas, Kiss, Zádori, Váncsa, Szakó, Dembrovszky, Solymár, Bartalis, Szakács, Hartmann, Pár, Erõss, Molnár, Szentesi) published the paper titled ‘Obesity is a risk factor for developing critical condition in COVID-19 patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis’. The authors examined obesity as a risk factor for critical COVID-19 patients. This is the first meta-analysis about this topic. Read more.

The COVID Human Genetic Effort is an international consortium of scientists around the world aiming to discover genetic differences between young patients with no underlying medical conditions that develop severe COVID-19 and patients that remain resistant even after repeated exposure to SARS-CoV2. Guiseppe Novelli MAE is part of the consortium and co-author of the paper ‘Inborn errors of type I IFN immunity in patients with life-threatening COVID-19’. The paper was published in the journal Science.

Guiseppe Novelli MAE led a pilot study in a cohort of 131 Italian patients with the aim to determine if genetic variations on the AC2 receptor, the cellular receptor that binds SARS-CoV-2 spike (S) protein, could explain differences in the susceptibility and severity of infection in COVID-19 clinical cases. The results of this study were published in the paper titled ‘Analysis of ACE2 genetic variants in 131 Italian SARS-CoV-2-positive patients’. Read more.

Guiseppe Novelli MAE in collaboration with others published a paper titled ‘COVID-19 and genetic variants of proteins involved in the SARS-CoV-2 entry into the host cells’. In this study the authors analysed a cohort of 131 Italian patients looking for variations in the genes coding for other proteins involved in the SARS-CoV-2 infecting human cells. Read more.

In a review titled ‘Psychiatric face of COVID-19’ by Luca Steardo Jr, Luca Steardo MAE and Alex Verkhratsky MAE, the authors discuss the serious clinical challenges posed by COVID-19 systemic inflammation that can affect the central nervous system and aggravate mental health disorders. Read more.

Bernard Rossier MAE and Martina Gentzsch published a paper titled ‘A pathophysiological model for COVID-19: Critical importance of transepithelial sodium transport upon airway infection’. The authors propose a mechanism that could explain how SARS-CoV-2 enters the airways during the early stages of infection and the possible role of epithelial sodium channels (ENaC) in the process. This opinion paper was published in the journal FUNCTION.

Ole Petersen MAE describes, in a peer-reviewed article published in FUNCTION, an entirely unexpected link between SARS-COV-2 infection and physiological calcium signalling, thereby providing new insights into the mechanism by which this virus enters the cells in our body. Read more.

Science and Research#

Prof. Álvaro de Rújula, MAE, of CERN, Geneva, and the Institute of Theoretical Physics, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) organized the webinar "The Higgs Boson and the Coronavirus (Basic Science after the Pandemic)". The webinar was held on Thursday, June 4, 2020, at 4:00 pm CET. Read more.

Economics, Business and Management Sciences#

Desheng Dash Wu, MAE, is a co-editor of the special issue on "Decision Support Systems on Data Analytics and Decision-Making Systems: Implications of the Global Outbreaks": Call for papers. Deadline for submission: 30 December 2020.

Desheng Dash Wu, MAE, is a co-editor of the special issue on "Global Systemic Risk and Resilience for novel Coronavirus and COVID-19” to be published in "Risk Analysis": Call for papers. Deadline for submission: 30 November, 2020.

Desheng Dash Wu, MAE, Hur kan supply chain effekterna av covid-19 hanteras? ("How can the supply chain effects of covid-19 be handled?") Supply Chain Effect. 2 (2020) 26–27. (in Swedish)

Klaus F. Zimmermann MAE, Gokhan Karabulut, Mehmet Huseyin Bilgin and Asli Cansin Doker (2020), “Inter-country Distancing, Globalization and the Coronavirus Pandemic“, The World Economy, Vol. 43, forthcoming, doi:10.1111/twec.12969.

Klaus F. Zimmermann MAE is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Population Economics, the leading outlet in its field. It has established an express evaluation of academic research on COVID-19 and invites submissions for the regular issues.
"Impacts of Social and Economic Factors on the Transmission of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in China” by Qiu, Yun & Chen, Xi & Shi, Wei. Published online, forthcoming: Journal of Population Economics, Issue 4, 2020. Open access.
Read more (Access of the paper and author interview.)
The article evaluates the China experience with the crisis, which can serve as a reference case for further studies on China and other countries in the world.

Virtual conference on COVID-19
Third IESR-GLO Joint Conference on “The Economics of Covit-19”. Virtual event. Read more.
The virtual conference is co-organized by Klaus F. Zimmermann MAE who is the President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), a global network of over 1,600 social scientists (many of them are MAEs) around the world in over 120 countries. The Institute for Economic and Social Research (IESR) at Jinan University, China, is the co-organizing institution. The event is virtual on June 5-7, 2020. Keynote addresses by Daron Acemoglu (MIT) and Nobel Prize Laureat Charles Manski (Northwestern University). Open paper submissions by May 24.

COVID-19 Cluster of the Global Labor Organization (GLO)
Klaus F. Zimmermann MAE is coordinating the GLO Cluster on COVID-19, which consists of activities like research papers, events, interviews, and media activities. Klaus F. Zimmermann MAE is the President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), a global network of over 1,600 social scientists (many of them are MAEs) around the world in over 120 countries. Read more (Access to research papers.)

Social sciences#

In his article titled ‘COVID-19, HIV/AIDS, and the “Spanish flu”: historical moments and social transformations’, Peter Wagner MAE reflects on the possibility that the COVID-19 crisis could trigger major and desirable social change.

This article is a part of the Thesis Eleven online project: Living and Thinking Crisis.
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Kathrin Golda-Pongratz MAE in her guest article ‘Dignified housing (in times of pandemic and beyond)’ discusses how lockdown during COVID19 pandemic has exposed inequalities and lack of access to adequate housing. This article was first published in Spanish in The Conversation, a network of not-for-profit media outlets that publish news stories written by academics and researchers. Read more

Jeroen van den Bergh MAE wrote an analysis article in the Spanish newspaper El Periódico. He argues that Spain can develop an integrated strategy to deal with the coronavirus crisis and promote low-carbon options. He proposes four types of taxes to achieve sustainability. Spain unlike many other European countries does not have a carbon emission tax. Read more

Jeroen van den Bergh MAE, in collaboration with Eric Galbraith, wrote a letter to Nature titled ‘Tax carbon to aid economic recovery’. In their letter they discuss how the fall in fossil-fuel prices offers governments a chance to offset the potentially massive public debt incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Chris Hann MAE considers the impact of the pandemic on labour mobility, home working and householding, as part of a blog series for COMPAS, the Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society, a research centre at the University of Oxford. Read more.

Mirca Madianou MAE published a paper titled ‘A Second-Order Disaster? Digital Technologies During the COVID-19 Pandemic’. She discusses how digital technologies and data practices in response to COVID-19 have deepened social inequalities in the already disproportionately affected Black, Asian, minority ethnic, and working class groups. This article was published in Social Media + Society. Read more.

Peter Wagner MAE reflects on the development of knowledge and COVID-19 in an essay on the platform Soziopolis, an online platform for sociology and its related disciplines. Read more [in German].

Peter Wagner MAE participated in the symposium Social World and Pandemic. The event was a joint initiative of the journal Sociologia & Antropologia, the Brazilian Society of Sociology and the Social Thought Virtual Library Blog (BVPS in Portuguese).

In his blog piece on the website of the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Roberto Casati MAE considers temporal factors and decision-making in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more [in French].

SAPEA Food-based webinar series. The first of the series of webinars discussed changes of consumers’ attitudes towards food as a public good instead of as a commodity. It confronted the conclusions of the SAPEA report with the challenges and changes observed during the Covid-19 pandemic. Recording of the webinar available.

Data and mathematical modelling#

Robert Lew MAE is working on a mathematical model to predict the course of COVID-19 in individual countries. The work has been submitted to a major journal and there is a daily-updated online Dashboard publicly available.

Josep Domingo-Ferrer MAE is one of a group of scientists making recommendations on personal data and privacy in the context of COVID-19 apps, in an article in Transactions on Data Privacy. Read more.

Risk management#

Desheng Wu MAE in collaboration with David L Olson wrote the book ‘Pandemic risk management in operations and finance’ – modelling the Impact of COVID-19. The book provides a review of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on finance and supply chain operations.

Alik Ismail-Zadeh MAE has written opinion pieces on risk management of the COVID-19 pandemic for the International Science Council read more and the online daily news journal published by the Geophysical Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Read more [in Russian].

In the editorial titled ‘The Importance of Risk Communication for Environmental Engineering During COVID-19’, Daniel B. Oerther and Roger Watson MAE discuss the need for risk communication to be clear, concise and consistent to encourage and maintain individual and community behaviour change in a crisis.

Public health and healthcare ethics#

In his essay for the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, John Harris MAE considers the need for values and moral integrity in dealing with the pandemic. Read more.

Martin McKee’s MAE is a co-author on the paper titled ‘Lessons learnt from easing COVID-19 restrictions: an analysis of countries and regions in Asia Pacific and Europe’. This health policy paper published in The Lancet, examines approaches from nine high-income countries: five in the Asia Pacific region (Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea) and four in Europe (Germany, Norway, Spain, and the UK). The authors identified five prerequisites for easing COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions: knowledge of infection status, community engagement, adequate public health capacity, adequate health system capacity, and border controls. This comparative analysis presents important lessons learnt from the experiences of these countries and regions. Read more.

Martin McKee’s MAE has co-authored a paper entitled ‘Mitigating the wider health effects of covid-19 pandemic response.’ Read more.

Martin McKee’s MAE Website contains links to all his papers, interviews and other activities relating to COVID-19.

Published in 2016, John Tasioulas MAE and Effy Vayena look at global health justice and its consequences for shaping health policy. Read more.

In his editorial ‘Will evidence-based medicine be another casualty of COVID-19?’ Roger Watson MAE questions if the current interventions against COVID-19, namely wearing facemasks and full economic lockdowns, are based on convincing evidence. Read more MAE discuss the use of disposable surgical masks (DMS) and fabric masks during the pandemic and examine other issues surrounding the use of masks by the general public. This editorial was published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing

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