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Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic


Latest COVID-19 Primers from Mark Nichter 


Regents’ Professor Emeritus Mark Nichter continues to update his COVID-19 primer. Version 11 of the PowerPoint presentation, which Dr. Nichter began to work on in March, is now available from these websites: 


ARHE, Anthropological Responses to Health Emergencies, is a Special Interest Group of the Society for Medical Anthropology. Their COVID-19 resources page also includes two new primers Dr. Nichter has co-authored: “COVID statistics and how to read them” and “COVID-19, youth, emerging adults, and school openings.” ARHE has just been selected for the American Anthropological Association's President's Award; the announcement was made on September 17. 


This latest version of the original primer addresses the following topics in over 350 slides: 

  • Facts about COVID-19 
  • How does COVID-19 compare to seasonal flu and other epidemics and pandemic 
  • Mortality and severity 
  • How does COVID-19 spread? 
  • Household clustering and super spreader events 
  • How fast does this virus escalate 
  • Where are we in the disease trajectory 
  • Likely scenarios moving forward 
  • Herd immunity 
  • Testing: types of tests and what they tell us 
  • Immunity: how long does it last 
  • Contact tracing 
  • Physical distancing and why it is essential 
  • Lessons learned from COVID-19 success stories 
  • Guidelines for reopening society 
  • What needs to be in place to reopen society 
  • A few lessons about COVID-19 control 
  • What to do at home and in your community to stay safe 
  • Re-entry and reopening schools: When restrictions are relaxed or lifted 
  • Personal notes, reflections, and concerns 
  • Misinformation/disinformation and the politicization of COVID-19: data from national surveys and polls