Covid19-related research by the Max Planck Society

Covid19-related research by the Max Planck Society

Max Planck researchers are working on vaccines and drugs against the corona virus and are making forecasts on how the pandemic will develop

The current corona crisis poses enormous challenges to our society and to states worldwide. What contribution can science make to overcome this crisis? On this topic page we collect contributions from various research fields at Max Planck Institutes, all of which are related to the corona pandemic.

The focus of interest is, of course, on medical efforts to develop a vaccine, but also on currently available drugs that may be able to alleviate the severe disease progression of Covid19. However, valuable contributions also come from other scientific disciplines. These include, for example, those working on simulations of the outbreak, social science studies and, last but not least, economic analyses of how we can counteract the inevitable economic distortions.


New results explain why the drug that has been approved in Europe and the United Statehas has a rather weak effect more

Many publications by Max Planck scientists in 2020 were of great social relevance or met with a great media response. We have selected 13 articles to present you with an overview of some noteworthy research of the year more

Germans want open communication of uncertainty in the coronavirus pandemic more

Researchers have developed genetically modified mice for corona research more

Algorithm to estimate coronavirus infection risk from aerosol transmission in the indoor environment and under different safety measures more

Differences between individuals reduce the number of infections required for herd immunity more

A segment of DNA that causes their carriers to have an up to three times higher risk of developing severe Covid-19 is inherited from Neandertals more

A statement by the presidents of the non-university research organizations on the COVID-19 epidemic based on mathematical analyses of the data situation more

Researchers show in mathematical model that flu may facilitate the spread of Covid-19 more

New findings on Sars-CoV-2 protein shed light on virus’ ability to infect cells more

To be successful strict local containment and low number of cross-regional infections are crucial more

Frankfurt scientists identify possible Achilles’ heel of SARS-CoV-2 virus more

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