What Are States Doing about COVID-19? This BU Database Has Answers

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"The discussion of best practices for containing COVID-19 has become another front in America’s culture wars. Do lockdowns suppress the virus? Should masks be mandatory? What about bolstered unemployment benefits and freezes on evictions to help with the economic fallout?

"Julia Raifman can’t broker peace, but she does oversee the go-to information warehouse on these questions. Starting in March, Raifman, a School of Public Health assistant professor of health law, policy, and management, has been leading a team of about 30 grad students in creating the COVID-19 U.S. State Policy Database (CUSP), cataloging 100 policies enacted by various states and the District of Columbia to combat the medical and financial woes of the pandemic.

"Their handiwork has proven the adage, Build it and they will come..."

Originally posted on BU Today, October 19, 2020.