Two large-scale collaborations emerged from KLI fellows during lockdown and social isolation. Diversity Lost: COVID-19 as a phenomenon of the total environment” (2021) diagnosed the pandemic as stemming from the loss of diversity in the biosphere, the geosphere, and the anthroposphere. “Diversity Regained: Precautionary approaches to COVID-19 as a phenomenon of the total environment” (2022) followed up on this diagnosis to propose precautionary and systemic approaches to proactively meet future global challenges.
A conceptual piece by Caniglia et al. (2021) argues that COVID-19 heralds a new epistemology of science for the public good. On vaccine hesitancy in Austria, Schernhammer et al. (2022) looked at trust in government while Lehner et al. (2021) examined the attitudes of midwives. Early on, Weitzer et al. (2021) investigated the mitigation measures related to perceived productivity in the first 50 days.
Arguing against the lab-leak hypothesis in Cazzolla Gatti (2020), Roberto diagnosed the outbreak as a symptom of Gaia’s sickness in Cazzolla Gatti (2020) and proposed urgent actions to conserve and protect wildlife in Turcios-Casco and Cazzolla Gatti (2020). Following his work on the health effects of pollution in Italy, Cazzolla Gatti et al. (2020) also revealed a connection between air pollution and SARS-CoV-2 mortality and infectivity.