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Researching COVID-19

Topic ideas

Population

Location

Issue/Topic

  • Nurses
  • Other hospital or medical office staff
  • Business owners
  • Restaurant owners
  • Dentists
  • Children
  • Elderly
  • Cancer patients
  • Family of those in nursing homes
  • Funeral directors
  • Consumers
  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Essential workers
  • Travel industry / event planning industry
  • College students
  • Governors
  • Local government officials
  • Prisoners
  • Black community
  • Those with diabetes, heart issues or other underlying health conditions
  • Colleges
  • Elementary, middle and high schools
  • Day care centers
  • Hospitals / doctor offices
  • Assisted living facilities & nursing home
  • Prisons
  • Recreational facilities
  • At home
  • Outdoor spaces (parks)
  • Richmond, VA
  • Virginia
  • Southeast
  • United States
  • Another country
  • Worldwide

Health / Biology

  • Stress, anxiety, mental health, psychological health
  • Immune system
  • Anti-viral agents
  • Vaccines / vaccination
  • Transmission routes
  • Transmission rates
  • Telehealth
  • Level of care for other health concerns
  • Herd immunity

Economics & Management

  • Labor, unemployment, working from home
  • Childcare
  • Disaster risk management
  • Distribution networks e.g. supplies
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturing, distribution, shortages
  • Public health infrastructure
  • Hospital infrastructure / preparedness
  • Lost income implications
  • Stimulus check implications; small business loans

Behavioral & Social Responses

  • Governing
  • Purchasing behaviors
  • Technology use
  • Recreational behavior
  • Digital sociality
  • Communication methods
  • Social distancing
  • Level of risk-taking

Protection & Preparation

  • Re-entry plans
  • Hospital practices
  • Contact tracing
  • Testing protocols
  • Cohorts
  • Handwashing
  • Safety of X activity (visiting the dentist)
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Masks
  • Flattening the curve
  • Mitigation strategies

Ethics

  • Social justice
  • Ethics of resource allocation (mask, ventilators) during shortages
  • Visitation restrictions
  • Monitoring / surveillance e.g. GPS tracking
  • Misinformation
  • Internet access (equity)
  • Racial disparities

Education

  • Teaching methods
  • Community building online
  • Best practices
  • Online vs. Face to Face
  • Laptop lending programs

Adapted with permission from UC Merced Library.