With the presidential election wrapped up in the US, we suddenly find ourselves with excess cognitive capacity, as the parts of the brain that have been used for the past week to identify and parse different counties in swing states have now been freed up for other purposes. In the US, this means catching up with the rest of the world in the recognition that we are heading into an increasingly worrisome period of the current COVID-19 public health emergency.
Though there’s potential good news on the horizon (the new US task force is a welcome relief, and though somewhat premature, the latest vaccine news is encouraging), we are going to have to get through a difficult winter. Key to this will be overcoming our COVID-fatigue, and to ramp back up the seriousness with which we approach mask wearing, social distancing, and lockdowns.
I thought this would be a good time to compile a selection of our COVID-related posts in one place, with the note that there are going to be more (many more) to come. In some ways, our sector in 2020 was spared some portion of the economic impact of the virus, as many budgets had already been set and spent. 2021 is expected to be the year where we really begin to see the brutal impacts on the scholarly communications community. To keep up with all that our Chefs and Guest Authors are writing on the subject, you can always check our list of articles with the tag “Pandemic”.
Some useful posts I wanted to bring to your attention in case you hadn’t seen them: