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“We’re set up as a very entrepreneurial economy, which can be good,” says Alex Colvin, dean of the ILR School. “But there’s that danger of creative destruction, that if things get tough, we don’t have a strong safety net in place.”

"It's so plain and obvious it's not even debatable," says Kathleen Bergin, a professor at Cornell Law School. "Trump has no authority to ease social distancing, or to open schools or private businesses.”

“The characterization of an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a sun-like star required to dub it ‘habitable’ will likely have to wait for future facilities that employ new technologies,” says Nikole Lewis, assistant professor of astronomy.

"This is a powerful time for consumers to make a change by demanding how certain workers are treated," says Patricia Campos-Medina, senior extension associate at the ILR Worker Institute. "If Amazon warehouse workers get sick, we will never flatten the curve. If we don't take care of everyone, we are not taking care of ourselves."


“If you think about the possibility that people have to declare bankruptcy or foreclose on their house or lose their car, that takes a long time to recover from,” says Vida Maralani, associate professor of sociology.

"Commercial kitchens are required to follow FDA and USDA food safety rules, including the maintenance of clean and sanitized facilities and food contact surfaces," Olga Padilla-Zakour, director of the NYS Food Venture Center.

"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.”