How will COVID-19 change our world?

Virtually overnight, a large fraction of U.S. households has transitioned from a reality of long commutes to telecommuting, from in-person to online classes and business meetings, and from in-store to online shopping – even for groceries. Many of these changes were happening already, but COVID-19 has pressed the fast-forward button. After the threat of contagion is gone, to what extent will American society “go back” to our pre-COVID-19 way of life? Knowing the answer to this question is critical for making good business and policy decisions. We are conducting a national survey with the goal of gathering real data to begin to understand what the future may hold.

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Individual attitudes and the COVID-19 response

Attitudes are increasingly recognized as important predictors for behavior. Our survey used a series of 39 questions to sort respondents into five personality types. We find that preferences for suburban living and in-person interaction, as well as one’s level of concern for COVID-19, are important predictors of post-pandemic behavior. An understanding of these attitudes is critical to the COVID-19 response.

COVID Future Project Featured at Recent Virtual Transportation Conference

COVID Future project co-leader Abolfazl (Kouros) Mohammadian spearheaded the organization of a full 2-days of presentations on the topic of COVID and transport at the recent virtual “Bridging Transport Researchers” transportation conference. Many other team members also presented work and/or moderated sessions. Recordings of all of the presentations are available on YouTube, with direct links … Continue reading COVID Future Project Featured at Recent Virtual Transportation Conference

The student experience with COVID-19

Universities are at a crossroads as they prepare for the fall semester. While the COVID-19 response of the spring 2020 semester was received poorly by students, universities have the opportunity to improve upon these changes in the coming year. Keys to student satisfaction will include establishing open lines of communication between students and professors, and creating engaging classes.

This survey is a joint project of Arizona State University and the University of Illinois Chicago with support from the National Science Foundation.