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.


Social online training helps against loneliness and depression

Online intervention helps to promote social skills and reduce mental health problems more

Individual decision-making in a pandemic

In endemic settings, behavioral adjustments can fully compensate increasing infection risk more

Infection control according to own interest

A model weighs individual costs and social benefits of interventions during the Covid-19 pandemic more

Explaining the Increased Infectivity of Emerging SARS-CoV-2 Variants

Delta and Omicron mutants of the virus bind more tightly and longer to host cells than early Wuhan variants more

interactive simulation

Study on the impact of different risk communication formats on the vaccine intentions of 1255 unvaccinated, vaccine-hesitant adults in Germany more

Letters spelling the word lockdown

Study on the effectiveness of restrictions takes citizens’ behavioral changes into account more

Less infectious particles from children’s lungs

A comprehensive analysis on particle exhalation in adults and children more

Anatomical barriers shield the brain from SARS-CoV-2 invasion at vulnerable interfaces

Absence of evidence for neurotropism and neuroinvasion of several SARS-CoV-2 variants including Omicron more

Cartoon drawing: coronavirus figure with the number of the year 2020 hands over baton to coronavirus figure with the number of the year 2021

Shift in deaths from the very old to people in middle age more

Wind music causes less transmission than singing

Playing wind instruments spreads more viruses than breathing, but less than speaking or singing

Magnetic switchback in the solar corona

ESA’s Solar Orbiter has observed an interesting phenomenon more

Misperceptions about doctors’ trust in Covid-19 vaccines influence vaccination rate

Informing people about the strong positive consensus among doctors persistently leads to increases in Covid-19 vaccinations more

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