COVID19 Response


Independent Consultant- Covid-19 epidemiology research for the Independent Panel on Pandemic Preparedness and Response (commissioned group by WHO DG)

Recent work:

// President Elect Biden Campaign– safe re-opening of schools; worked on writing health policy for the campaign w/ Dr. Ingrid Katz; Media coverage:

// Confronting COVID-19: Science, History, Policy (Gen Ed 1170) (Fall-Winter 2020); I worked as a research assistant to Dr. Ingrid Katz and Professor Allan Brandt for the Harvard College course: Link:

// Massachusetts state COVID19 response: I worked as a medical fellow to Commissioner Monica Bharel at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (Feb 2020-Oct 2020).

// I am a reviewer at the CDC Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal where I have been reviewing a number of outbreak investigation studies from around the world.

// Contributor at NPR for Covid19 FAQs ( from March 2020- current;

// Other press coverage has included: NBC, ABC, BBC, CBC, PBS, CBS, MSNBC, WSJ, CNN, CGTN, The Atlantic, New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, Forbes, ESPN, Bloomberg, TMZ, ProPublica, Fox, The Verge, Politico, Mother Jones, Scientific American, AP, DemocracyNow, Boston Globe,, WBUR, GBH, STAT News, Slate, NowThis, Newsweek, WebMD, Elite Daily, MTV News, Medium, The Hill, Business Insider, Healthline, Vice, Vox, Quartz, Science Friday, Self, Healthline, Curbed, The Cut, Harvard Public Health Magazine (cover story Spring 2020). (See Press tab for links)

// I have been providing clinical care at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, both in the emergency department and on the clinical wards, where I have treated a number of COVID19 cases.

COVID19- related publications (updated as of Dec 23rd, 2020)

  • Karan A. Pandemics are Stopped by People- Here’s What We As Individuals Can Still Do. British Medical Journal. Dec 2020.
  • Karan. We Are All Tired of the Pandemic– But Our Actions Can Still Make a Big Difference. WBUR/NPR. Dec 2020.
  • Karan A. Stigma is Making the Covid19 Pandemic More Invisible. Boston Globe. November 2020.
  • Karan A, Dhillon RS. Walton D, Katz I. To Solve the Pandemic, Biden Must Focus on Equity. NPR. Nov 2020.
  • Karan A, Dhillon RS. Here Comes the Pandemic Winter. WBUR/NPR. Nov 2020.
  • Karan A. What we can learn from past Covid19 outbreaks. Medium. October 2020.
  • Karan A, Dhillon RS. It’s easy to say, “Wear a mask”. But people need more advice on managing the risk of Covid19. NPR/WBUR. October 2020.
  • Srikrishna D, Karan A, Beieir D, Dhillon RS. Essential workers need better masks. Harvard Business Review. October 2020.
  • Karan A. Politics and public health in America–taking a stand for what is right. British Medical Journal. October 2020.
  • Karan A. Trump’s case should not change how we think about Covid19. Washington Post. September 2020.
  • Dhillon RS, Karan A, Srikrishna S. We Could Control the Coronavirus by Winter If We Start Using Rapid Tests. Washington Post. August 2020.
  • Dhillon RS, Karan A. The US Needs Smarter Lockdowns. Now. Harvard Business Review. August 2020.
  • Karan A. Masking is not just a matter of if but when. Medium. July 2020.
  • Karan A, Dhillon RS. Sports Can’t Restart Safely Right Now. Washington Post. July 2020.
  • Dhillon R, Karan A et al. We Need Better Masks. Harvard Business Review. June 2020. 
  • Karan A, Katz I. There is no stopping covid19 without stopping racism. BMJ. June 2020.
  • Karan A. A doctor on how to make Covid-19 decisions when so much is unknown. Vox. May 2020. 
  • Dhillon R, Karan A et al A Plan to Safely Reopen the US Despite Inadequate Testing. Harvard Business Review. May 2020. 
  • Karan A. Alone with our Patients in a Pandemic. BMJ Opinion. April 2020. 
  • Karan A. If you get COVID19, leaving your house may be the best way to protect your family. Washington Post. April 2020. 
  • Karan A. The Unsung Coronavirus Heroes. Medium. March 2020. 
  • Karan A.If you get critically ill with COVID-19, how far should doctors go to keep you alive? WBUR. March 2020. 
  • Karan A.Covid-19: On trust, experts, and the brilliance of everyday people. BMJ Opinion. March 2020
  • Karan A. Coronavirus: the thankless task of social distancing. Vox. March 2020. 
  • Karan A. To control the COVID19 outbreak, young, health patients should avoid the emergency room. BMJ Opinion. March 2020. 
  • Karan A. Coronavirus– we must contain the parallel epidemics of xenophobia and misinformation. BMJ Opinion. Jan 2020.