December 7 Weekly Round-Up: NEC Members Contribute to COVID-19 Crisis Response

As our region and our nation continue to grapple with the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, The New England Council is using our blog as a platform to highlight some of the incredible work our members have undertaken to respond to the outbreak. Once a week, we’ll post a round-up of updates on some of the initiatives underway among Council members throughout the region.  We are also sharing these updates via our social media, and encourage our members to share with us any information on their efforts so that we can be sure to include them in these weekly round-ups.  

You can find all the Council’s information and resources related to the crisis in the special COVID-19 section of our website.  This includes our COVID-19 Virtual Events Calendar, which provides information on upcoming COVID-19 Congressional town halls and webinars presented by NEC members, as well as our Federal Agency COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses page.

Here is today’s (December 7, 2020) roundup:

  • Researchers at Beth Israel Reveal How Genetic Variations are Linked to COVID-19 Severity – Researchers at Beth Isreal Deaconness Medical Center have shed light on COVID-19 symptom severity with new research. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, reveals the role of genetic variations in the severity of COVID-19 symptoms. Read more here
  • Mass General Brigham Joins Call to Mask UpMass General Brigham has joined with news publications as well as Hospitals and Health systems across the country to urge people to continue to wear masks during this critical period. Read more here
  • Researchers at Harvard Medical School Develop New Tool to Program Stem Cells and Study COVID-19Harvard University Medical School researchers have created a new tool for the creation of new adult cells for research. The new Human TFome systems will allow cells to be customized by researchers to the disease they are studying. Read more here

Stay tuned for more updates each week, and be sure to follow us on Twitter for other updates.

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