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Here is what our researchers are saying about COVID-19

Northeastern’s researchers are hard at work trying to learn more about the COVID-19 pandemic. Below you can find News@Northeastern’s coverage of their work as well coverage from other major media outlets.

Do I need another COVID-19 booster?

Given the rise in omicron cases, U.S. officials have been talking about the need for a second booster, or a fourth shot. Which begs the question: Is it possible to overstimulate the immune system with too many shots? Theoretically, yes, say Northeastern pharmacy and public health experts.

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Northeastern to remain open in January 2022

Northeastern University plans to remain open for fully in-person classes and research activities for the opening of the spring 2022 term. It has been clear during the pandemic, says Ken Henderson, chancellor and senior vice president for learning, that in-person learning, working, and discovering is invaluable and unrivaled.

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Pandemic grief isn’t just for people who lost a loved one

The United States surpassed 800,000 COVID-19 deaths in mid-December, a staggering figure that reveals, behind it, another: Each of those people left behind friends, family, and loved ones who mourn their loss. But it’s more than bereavement we’re feeling, says Elizabeth A. Bachen, psychology professor at Mills College. And those feelings aren’t just for people who lost a loved one.

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Omicron moves fast. Here’s what that means for the next few weeks.

A virus that moves as quickly around the globe as the omicron variant could spell disaster just as people are traveling and gathering for holiday and New Year celebrations. But the devil’s in the details when it comes to COVID-19. And, says Alessandro Vespignani, an infectious disease modeler at Northeastern, scientists have shared a “mixed bag of news” in recent weeks.

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