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"He seemed to ignore expert evidence on mitigating the pandemic using lockdown and social distancing measures, in favor of a misguided 'herd immunity' approach," says Alexandra Cirone, assistant professor of government, about Prime Minister Boris Johnson. 

“People want a feeling of agency,” says Karl Pillemer, professor of human development. “The frightening reality is that coronavirus patients are not going to be at home. It’s going to be an abrasive hospital experience where they don’t have the people they want around them.”

Sarah Kreps, professor of government, says "On the one hand, giving up some privacy to save lives and regain some freedom of movement, commerce, and expression seems like a straight-forward calculation. On the other, historical experience suggests that once governments gain additional powers, they are loath to give them up, which could have lasting, adverse implications for civil liberties." 

“A lot more interaction has to happen between staff at the online travel agent and staff at the hotel before a refund or credit can be offered, so it’s no longer a simple online transaction,” says Chris Anderson, professor of operations, technology and information management.

“Everyone’s crystal ball on a good day is reasonably cloudy,” says Drew Pascarella, senior lecturer of finance. “Today, with COVID, you just can’t see through it.”

“If we’re talking about over decades, and a billion birds already are killed by industry annually, that does start really adding up pretty quickly,” says Amanda Rodewald, professor of natural resources. “We’re talking about a scale of mortality that’s substantial, that would be meaningful ecologically and biologically.”

“The mechanisms for government support of specific industries and financial institutions are baked into China’s economic system, which breeds inefficiencies in good times but serves as an effective backstop when faced with potential crises,” says Eswar Prasad, professor of economics and trade policy.

Amy Kuceyeski, associate professor of computational biology and statistics and data science, is noted to have launched a movement in the Ithaca community to use 3D printers to create face shields for healthcare facilities.

“They’re truly focusing on stopping the system from freezing up,” says Louis Hyman, professor in the ILR School. 

Angela B. Cornell, professor of law, answers questions regarding what rights a worker has in relation to coronavirus.

Nellie Brown, senior extension associate at the ILR Worker Institute, says the barriers put in place to help protect staff in groceries stores don’t “eliminate the problem of the commonly touched objects being still shared, but it does address the problem of airborne droplets.”

“It’s switching between alive and not alive,” says Gary Whittaker, professor of microbiology and immunology.