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The Mission

The Coronavirus-19 Outbreak Response Experts (CORE-19) team at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is a network of researchers in public health, economics, public policy, agriculture, veterinary medicine, and other disciplines who seek to:

Provide timely and evidence-based information for policymakers, industry, and the public on pressing questions regarding the global pandemic.

Submit Questions

Questions will be compiled, reviewed, and prioritized daily. Those questions that are specific to Tennessee and have the greatest value for the public health and safety will be given highest priority for a response. Questions will be shared with the expert network for a rapid response (within 12-48 hours depending on the complexity of the inquiry).

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, and the University of Tennessee makes no warranties, expressed or implied, regarding errors or omissions and assumes no legal liability or responsibility whatsoever for loss or damage resulting from the use of information provided.

Research questions for the CORE-19 team can be submitted here.
To contact the team directly,
please email us at: or call us at 865-321-1299.


This effort is being coordinated by The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and the University's Department of Public Health, with additional expertise provided by the Institute for Public Service (IPS), the Institute of Agriculture (UTIA), the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research, the Tennessee State Data Center, the Colleges of Law, Nursing, Social Work, and Veterinary Medicine, as well as the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Recent Policy Briefs and Updates

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COVID-19 and the Economy

policy brief provides information on the economic trade-off to avoid the projected loss of life from COVID-19.
Published March 27, 2020

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TN vs. KY

policy brief provides a comparison of the number and spread of COVID-19 cases in Tennessee and Kentucky.
Published March 26, 2020

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Pets & COVID-19

policy brief provides information on the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission to and from pets from the Veterinary College.
Published March 26, 2020

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You and We

policy brief provides guidelines on limiting the spread of the infection through personal protection strategies and understanding the purpose of Shelter-in-Place orders.
Published March 23, 2020

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Health Impacts

policy brief provides information on the health impacts of COVID-19 transmission, contagiousness, and disease burden.
Published March 13, 2020

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