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MEDIA ALERT: Experts available on coronavirus

Cornell faculty members can speak about coronavirus from a variety of perspectives: the science and health implications of the disease, its impact on the global economy, the science of vaccines and impact on healthcare systems, labor and specialized industries, effects on countries around the world and the broader impact the crisis is having on our daily lives.

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Despite important agricultural advancements to feed the world in the last 60 years, scientists and economists now show that global farming production has fallen behind real productivity by 21% – the equivalent of losing about seven years of farm production – all thanks to humanity hastening climate change. This according to research by Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, associate professor at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. Read the article in the Cornell Chronicle

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“Even though in some ways Amazon is a very new type of company, an online technology company, it’s also got a huge operation sorting and delivering packages, so there is a resonance with the old assembly lines. It’s interesting that we’re seeing a parallel reaction of workers organizing unions in response to that.”

“Western efforts to prohibit sourcing have become a true battle of global powers and a real test to this new system of trade governance,” says Desiree Leclercq, assistant professor of employment and labor law and associate member of Cornell Law School faculty. 

“Typically, a virus needs multiple mutations to be transmissible to humans,” says Hector Aguilar-Carreno, a virologist in the College of Veterinary Medicine who studies viral immunology. “It will depend on the virus. In some cases, you might need one or two mutations. But some might need 20 or more to undergo the necessary steps to be transmissible or to replicate in the host.” 

“The very pettiness of the attack against Bernie Sanders, and the comments made about workers, make the company look like it is very worried. It doesn't mean that Amazon is going to lose, but it does make it look like they’re worried they’re going to lose,” says Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of Labor Education Research. 

“There’s a real China envy,” says Thomas J. Campanella, associate professor of city and regional planning. “The Chinese seem to be able to do this stuff we used to do.” 

“Once the military is involved in politics, it’s hard to get them out if they don’t want to get out,” says Tom Pepinsky, professor of government.