COVID & Community: Learning how coronavirus affects us all

Middlebury College students in Prof. Lindsay Repka’s fall Biochem class took an in-depth look at the science of coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. In their studies they saw how this pandemic reaches beyond the proteins, RNA and other building blocks of life to affect people in so many aspects of their everyday lives.

They reached out to experts and regular people in Addison County to understand the broad reaching implications of COVID-19 and put together a package of more than a dozen scientific explainers, reports on scientists’ strategies for neutralizing the virus, and accounts of how we are facing this disease.

Click on the headlines below to read the stories and watch the videos.

COVID-19: Addison County sounds off about coronavirus pandemic

Written by Alison Meyers

Data Analysis by Clara Loftis, Luka Petakov and Hope Robertson


What is the coronavirus and how does it attack?

Written by Meghan Keating and Infographic by Kaja Aagaard


How COVID-19 spreads

By Erin Nicholas and Karina Sharma


Models suggest how to get to herd immunity

By Thomas Khodadad and David Rigas


SARS-CoV-2: The Video Explainer

By Matt Brockley, Jenny Pushner and Carter Lombardi


New vaccines play off a long tradition of disease fighting

By Priya Kaur, Sloane Parker and Sophia Marlino


Bristol’s Missy Holland offers a picture of the pandemic we can relate to (video)

By Eli Miller


COVID and Community Survey Data (aggregated data from our survey)

Class project with Data Analysis by Clara Loftis, Luka Petakov and Hope Robertson

Racist stereotypes fuel discrimination against Asians and Asian Americans during pandemic

By Eunice Choi


Safely speeding up development of COVID-19 vaccines

By Zach Hilty and Greta Sirek


Treatment options for COVID-19 patients

By Grace Getman and Ali Wheeler


Pandemic lays bare the system racism in our nation

By Kamli Faour and Edith Lopez


Open Door Clinic provides COVID-19 info and services to marginalized Vermonters

By Minori Kawano


Native American Reservations are suffering more in this pandemic because of historic lack of health care

By Allison Stevens


COVID-19 and our dining experience with restaurant expert Bruce Newbury

By Eli Miller


Global health expert Pam Berenbaum eyes the route to herd immunity (video)

By Emily Bulczynski


UVM Medical School professor pivots to COVID research (video)

By India Drummond


Debunking common misconceptions about COVID-19

By Megan Job and Maria Than


COVID-19 exposes basic problems with our health care system

By Jenn Crandall


Local resident navigates complex COVID-19 advice

By Jenn Crandall


Middlebury's Jim Greenamyre sees change in the COVID-19 era (video)

By Rhiana Carr


Joelle Logan and Project Independence adapt to the pandemic (video)

By Rhiana Carr


Contributing authors in our COVID and COMMUNITY series

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