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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, 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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“I think it’s going to be incredibly hard to keep the virus out of New York State,” says Isaac Weisfuse, a former New York City deputy health commissioner and professor in the master of public health program. “I think that these types of travel restrictions may be somewhat helpful, but we should assume that they’re not going to be airtight.”

“Once the mold is on the surface, no matter how you remove it, there will be some mold that carries on,” says Randy Worobo, professor of food microbiology. “Basically, they’re just inoculating the next level.”

“There has to be a balance between having regional players and more global players. You don't want to depend on only one supply chain to feed a population, because that is risky,” says Miguel Gómez, associate professor of applied economics.

“Mere knowledge alone might not be enough to establish criminal responsibility,” says Jens David Ohlin, professor of law and associate dean at the Law School.

“These decisions continue the Roberts Court’s campaign to ensure that religious actors are maximally protected,” says Nelson Tebbe, professor of law.

“The music discussion community, the relationship advice community, the community for talking about swimming — you wouldn’t normally see communities like that as focused on social change, so it’s actually a big deal,” says J. Nathan Matias, assistant professor of communication.