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Faculty Experts Share Expertise Related to COVID-19 

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Tom Arnold, professor of finance, can provide insight on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the economy. 

"For the typical investor, as tough as it is, probably the best thing is to hold on tight and wait out their stock market concerns."

"Alot of times, adversity creates solutions that you find out are better, so this outbreak very well may change things, ultimately for the better. These protocols will force businesses to change how they work with other regional offices- now perhaps all remotely."

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Don Forsyth, a leadership studies professor and social and personality psychologist, is an expert on groups. He can discuss the impacts of minimizing social contact during quarantine measures. 

"Unlike emotional loneliness, social loneliness occurs when people feel cut off from their network of friends, acquaintances, and associates. If social loneliness mounts, people may look to their closest intimates for solace, but this burden may put too much pressure on these alliances—even a single enduring and intimate relationship can rarely satisfy all one’s need for social contact. But social loneliness can be countered by reaching out to other people through any (safe) means possible: even writing a letter or email to an old friend will undo some of the negative effects of prolonged isolation."

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Elizabeth Outka, associate professor of English, researches late 19th and early 20th century literature and culture. Her latest book investigates the how one of history's deadliest plagues in history - the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic - silently reshaped the modernist era. 

"One hundred years ago, 1919 saw the end of one of the worst plagues in human history: the deadly 1918-1919 influenza pandemic. The pandemic was a true horror show, with 50-100 million people dying and millions more infected. The United States alone lost more people in the pandemic than it lost in all the 20th- and 21st-century wars, combined." 

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David Routt, adjunctt history professor, authored an article in 2008 on the economic impacts of the Black Plague. He can provide historical perspective on today's coronavirus and the pandemics of the past. 

"The understanding of the nature of disease was fundamentally different during the Middle Ages than it is now. Most people just didn't know what was happening and in a very religious era, perhaps the most common reaction was to attribute it to divine wrath. That's not to suggest that people didn't stumble onto reasonably effective public health measures during the Black Death. Some urban officials during the Middle Ages, especially in Italy, began to introduce measures to improve public sanitation. Some also realized that quarantining and self-isolation could also be helpful."

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Eugene Wu, associate professor of biology and biochemistry, studies viruses and can comment on potential antivirals that could work against this year's virus.  

"With the world in desperate need of life-saving treatments for the thousands of infected persons around the world, we can’t wait for the development of a new drug that would take years to reach the clinic."

"Laboratory tests have shown that a drug called remdesivir is highly effective at inhibiting the RNA copying machine of several different coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent for COVID-19. Even at low doses that do not harm cells, remdesivir prevents coronaviruses from replicating in human cells and in mice."

 

Contact

To connect with these experts contact:

Cynthia Price
Associate Vice President of Media & Public Relations
cprice2@richmond.edu 

Sunni Brown
Director of Media and Public Relations
sbrown5@richmond.edu 

Lindsey Campbell
Media Relations Specialist
lcampbe4@richmond.edu.