“COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 and the Pandemic” (7.00)

New Subject Offering: “COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 and the Pandemic”

In Fall 2020, all MIT students and the general public are welcome to join Professors Richard Young and Facundo Batista as they discuss the science of the pandemic during this new class. Special guest speakers include: Anthony Fauci, David Baltimore, Britt Glaunsinger, Bruce Walker, Eric Lander, Michel Nussenzweig, Akiko Iwasaki, Arlene Sharpe, Kizzmekia Corbett, and others. The class will run from September 1, 2020 through December 8, 2020 and begin each Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. ET. Please note that MIT classes generally begin five minutes after the scheduled start time. See the syllabus for lecture details.

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Supplementary Reading Material

Livestreaming Instructions

The class is open to all MIT students, as well as any eligible cross-registered students. The livestream will be available to the public, but only registered students may ask questions during the Q&A. To view the livestream, click on this link and type in the password: mit-covid. Miss a class? You’ll be able to view a video of the lecture on this page. Please note: It will take a few days to caption and post each lecture video after the livestream has ended.

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If you cannot find what you’re looking for on this page, please email covidcourse@mit.edu and we will do our best to respond to your query.

Lecture 1, Bruce Walker: “COVID-19 and the pandemic”


Lecture 2, Britt Glaunsinger: “Coronavirus biology”


Lecture 3, David Baltimore: “Virology and lessons from the AIDS pandemic”


Lecture 4: Anthony Fauci, “Insights from the COVID-19 pandemic”

Lecture 5: Michel Nussenzweig, “Viral immunology”

This lecture will be livestreamed on September 29, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. ET. The recording will be captioned and posted a few days later.

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Thanks to the School of Science and MIT Accessibility and Usability for their support in making these lectures open to the public.