January 8, 2021

Weekend reads: How the coronavirus changed our vocabulary

Daily Briefing

    What happens when you spread Covid-19 among your loved ones, how MBA programs are exploring business decisions made during the pandemic, and more.

    José Vasquez's reads

    What happens when you've spread the coronavirus among your loved ones? The novel coronavirus has been circulating across the globe for more than a year now—and many people have unintentionally spread the pathogen among their social circles. Writing for Vice, Maud Droste explores the sometimes "dire consequences" of passing the virus on to your family, friends, and other loved ones.

    Covid-19 case studies are the latest addition to MBA curricula. Business schools throughout the United States are revamping their curricula to give their students a chance to analyze the "good" and "bad" decisions companies have made during the coronavirus pandemic—now that they have the added "benefit of hindsight," Patrick Thomas writes for the Wall Street Journal. Students at Harvard Business School, for instance, have dived into case studies based on real questions pharmaceutical companies have faced when deciding how to use federal funds to speed up their vaccine development.

    Ben Palmer's reads

    What to watch for in science in 2021. It's a new year, and there's likely to be a number of major scientific events that will happen in 2021 that you should be paying attention to. Writing for Nature, Holly Else outlines some of the events to watch for this year, including the fight against climate change, the development of more Covid-19 vaccines, a drug that could potentially treat Alzheimer's disease, and more.

    How our vocabulary changed in 2020. The new coronavirus epidemic changes a lot about daily life in 2020, including the terms and phrases we use in common speech. Writing for the Los Angeles Times, Deborah Netburn looks at how 2020 changed our vocabulary, making terms like "socially distanced," "flatten the curve," and even "coronavirus" more common than they've ever been.

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