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Ten Stories That Shaped 2020

The past twelve months were a year like no other for Harvard and the world. Under the backdrop of a once-in-a-century pandemic, students took classes from all over the globe, while pushing for social change at the University and on the political stage. Here, The Crimson reviews ten stories that defined 2020 at Harvard.


HMS Study Finds Mask-Wearing, Social Distancing Reduce Covid-19 Infections by 87% on College Campuses

Harvard Medical School researchers found that a combination of wearing masks and practicing social distancing can reduce student and faculty Covid-19 infections on college campuses by roughly 87 percent, according to a peer-reviewed study published last week.


Harvard Prepares to Ramp Up Covid-19 Testing, Secure Vaccine Doses

Harvard is gearing up to expand coronavirus testing and potentially obtain Covid-19 vaccine doses for its affiliates ahead of the spring semester, Harvard University Health Services Director Giang T. Nguyen said in an interview Monday.


Harvard Will Not Permit Athletes Living Off-Campus To Train On Campus in the Spring

Harvard announced Friday that it will not allow student-athletes living off campus to participate in athletics training on-campus next semester, marking the University’s latest effort to regulate life on campus during the coronavirus crisis.


How to: Zoom the Holidays This Year

Jingle bells, I can’t smell, I have to wash my hands… Remember when we all thought life would be back to normal by now? What a time. But with the holidays creeping around the corner, it’s time to get into the festive mood and find some time to unwind. Although we may not be on Harvard’s campus together, there are still plenty of ways to stay connected (unless your Wi-Fi drops) during this jolly season!


COVID Socializing 2

Debbie Perez ‘24 and Tatiana Miranda ‘24 sit on the steps of Widener Library to study during midterm week. Many facilities such as Widener library are closed to student entry at the moment; however, other study spaces such as the Smith Center have slowly begun to open.


Harvard Rolls Out Color-Coded Reopening Levels for On-Campus Students

Harvard’s “community compact” for students on campus will expand this spring to include a color-coded system that represents different phases of campus reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Dec. 4 update from the Dean of Students Office.


‘Tumultuous but Valuable’: Harvard Freshmen Adjust to College Life in Unprecedented First Semester

The ongoing global pandemic has disrupted every aspect of higher education. Freshmen who lived on Harvard’s campus this fall adapted to daily coronavirus tests and virtual socialization, but still looked back on their unprecedented first semester as an overall positive experience.


FAS Dean Gay ‘Hopeful’ Harvard Will Be ‘Close To, If Not Entirely, Fully Operational’ by Fall 2021

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay said she is “really hopeful” that Harvard will be “close to, if not entirely, fully operational” by the fall of 2021 in an interview with The Crimson Thursday.


City of Cambridge Prepares To Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines

Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui said the city is in the process of determining the most efficient strategies to disseminate coronavirus vaccines, as the country prepares to embark on a mass vaccination campaign unseen in decades.


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