To Combat Coronavirus, Scientists Are Also Breaking Down Barriers

The research field has often been siloed, with each discipline focusing on its own lane, but in the wake of COVID0-19 the shift toward interdisciplinary research is happening – and proving necessary. Often incentivized by grant funding for siloed work, now, researchers are seeing urgent calls to work together against the pandemic. While there have been great strides made across disciplines in the past, the complex issues of our time – climate change, systemic racism, economic inequity – are causing a shift across fields.

This is a rapid response story about a coping strategy. Due to the urgent crisis, we are relaxing the ‘evidence of effectiveness’ criterion for solutions coverage on COVID-19 to capture early stage, improvisational, and experimental responses that cope with the pandemic.

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