Experts predict the social consequences of COVID-19

By Bruce Bower December18, 2020

As 2020 blessedly clangs to a close, it’s tempting to wonder where we’re headed once the pandemic is history. In the spirit of year-end curiosity about COVID-19’s possible long-term effects, Science News posed this question to a few scholars: What major social changes do you see coming after the pandemic? As baseball’s Yogi Berra once said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” The following forecasts, edited for length and clarity, aren’t written in stone and aren’t meant to be. But they raise some provocative possibilities.

Read about the predictions the following scholars make:

John Barry
Historian, Tulane University
Author, The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History

Katherine Hirschfeld
Medical anthropologist, University of Oklahoma
Author, Gangster States: Organized Crime, Kleptocracy and Political Collapse

Anna Mueller
Sociologist, Indiana University Bloomington
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Mario Luis Small
Sociologist, Harvard University
Author, Someone to Talk to: How Networks Matter in Practice

Christopher McKnight Nichols
Historian, Oregon State University
Author, Promise and Peril: America at the Dawn of a Global Age

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