Here are some of the resources we think are most useful for understanding the medical realities of COVID-19 and the coordinated, cross-sector responses required.

Year Two begins

Where Year Two of the Pandemic Will Take Us, Ed Yong (December 2020)
The Vaccine Rollout’s Known Knowns and More, Zeynep Tufekci (December 2020)
The Mutated Virus Is a Ticking Time Bomb, Zeynep Tufekci (December 2020)
Discovery of virus variant alarms scientists, Apoorva Mandavilli (December 2020)
As Virus Grows Stealthier, Vaccine Makers Reconsider Battle Plans, Denise Grady et al (January 2021)
Muge Cevik Twitter account
Reaching ‘Herd Immunity’ Is Unlikely in the U.S., Apoorva Mandavilli (May 2021)

Medicine, science, and policy Effective Reproductive Number
CNN 411 – Coronavirus Resource
Coronavirus Tech Handbook Resources (November 2020)

Government coordination and a new civic tech

The Coronavirus Pandemic Makes a Case for Megaregions, Anthony Flint (April 2020)
‘Sadness’ and Disbelief from a World Missing American Leadership, Katrin Bennhold (April 2020)
Creating a State Software Collaborative, Beeck Center at Georgetown University (May 2020)
State CIOs Speed Up Digital Services Efforts Amid Recovery, Agam Shaw (May 2020)
Innovative COVID-19 Solutions, OECD/OPSI report
Remix Explore
“Build Back Better,” Michele Jolin and David Medina, Results for America (June 2020)
Covid Act Now

Early responses (March – December 2020)


Why Asia’s New Wave of Virus Cases Should Worry the World, Motoko Rich (April 2020)
In Hunt for Virus Source, W.H.O. Let China Take Charge, Selam Gebrekidan et al (November 2020)
Europe’s Hospital Crunch Grows More Dire, Surpassing Spring Peak, A. McCann and L. Leatherby (November 2020)


Fast Forward Alumni COVID-19 Responses
Help With Covid projects in search of volunteers
If We’re Not Careful, Tech Could Hurt the Fight against COVID-19, Ria Kalluri et al
Coronavirus Case Counts Are Meaningless*, Nate Silver (April 2020)
Temporal dynamics in viral shedding and transmissibility of COVID-19, Nature Medicine (April 2020)
US may have to endure social distancing until 2022…, CNN (April 2020)
Why We Don’t Know the True Death Rate for Covid-19, Amy Harmon (April 2020)
The Coronavirus in America: The Year Ahead, Donald G. McNeil, Jr. (April 2020)
C19 Coalition for PPE and lifesaving medical devices
Technology Will Not Save Us, Shira Ovide (April 2020)
Understanding Digital Contact Tracing, USDR (April 2020)
Imagining the World Anew: Iora Health’s COVID-19 Response, Rushika Fernandopulle (May 2020)
Staying ALERT: Navigating COVID-19 Risk Toward a New Normal, (May 2020)
How the virus won, Derek Watkins et al (June 2020)
“Why are COVID cases increasing while deaths are decreasing?” – Miles Beckett (July 2020)
This coronavirus mutation has taken over the world, Sarah Kaplan and Joel Achenbach (July 2020)
A regional breakdown of new cases, on TikTok (October 2020)
Tracking COVID-19 in the United States: Progress and Opportunities,
Older Adults and the Mental Health Effects of COVID-19, Ipsit Vahia et al (November 2020)

Local (SF Bay Area)

How SF battle with HIV/AIDS shaped today’s coronavirus response, Ryan Kost (April 2020)
How San Francisco’s Chinatown Got Ahead of the Coronavirus, Alyson Stamos and Meiying Wu (April 2020)
Hundreds of SF city workers take on ‘emergency’ roles, Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez (April 2020)
Give2SF COVID-19
SF COVID-19 Outbreak Tracking by ZIP Code
California, Oregon & Washington Announce Western States Pact (April 2020)
‘A reality check on the math’: What’s ahead for California and COVID-19, Sam Levin (April 2020)
Small Business Resources from the Office of Senator Scott Wiener
Cal Nonprofits COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits Coronavirus (COVID-19) information
California Coronavirus Tracker, SF Chronicle
Testing blitz in SF shows COVID-19 struck mostly low-wage workers, Usha Le McFarling (May 2020)
Why the coronavirus is surging in Alameda County, Erin Allday (May 2020)
“Scary uptick in San Francisco Covid cases…”- @Bob_Wachter (November 2020)

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