Stress and Resilience in the Pandemic and Beyond

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Trouble sleeping. Bad dreams. Cracked teeth. Increased alcohol intake. As cases of Covid-19 boom, the attendant stress of living in a pandemic persists. More than half of Americans say that worry or stress about the Covid-19 pandemic has affected their mental or physical health. And many of our usual ways of coping — seeing friends and family, for example, or exercising at the gym — have been curtailed.

What are the keys to building psychological resilience in the face of difficulties? What does research reveal about how coping strategies lessen or worsen the damage from stress and trauma? How do those recommendations need to shift, given the realities of Covid? And how might people cope with the double stress of the pandemic and the holidays?

One key, researchers say, may be focusing on flexibility.


  • Judith T. Moskowitz, Professor of Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University
  • George A. Bonanno, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director, Loss, Trauma, and Emotion Lab, Columbia University

Moderator: Eva Emerson, Editor-in-Chief, Knowable Magazine

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The event is part of Reset: The Science of Crisis & Recovery, an ongoing series of live events and science journalism exploring how the world is navigating the coronavirus pandemic, its consequences and the way forward. Reset is supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Knowable Magazine is a product of Annual Reviews, a nonprofit publisher dedicated to synthesizing and integrating knowledge for the progress of science and the benefit of society.