COVID-19 has quickly reshaped our world. Businesses have closed, schools have gone remote, and people are social distancing to help flatten the curve. However, as we hunker down and do our part, data is still playing a vital role in our response to the pandemic.
Data has been used to track the spread of the virus, understand which demographics are most at risk, and forecast the potential grim outcomes of the pandemic. In China, data was used to understand how the virus was spreading and identify hot spots. This allowed for a more targeted response, which helped to “flatten the curve” in China.
In the United States, data is helping us to understand which demographics are most at risk. According to the CDC, African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans are being hospitalized for COVID-19 at significantly higher rates than whites. Data is also being used to understand the potential outcomes of the pandemic. A model from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) projects that the United States could see as many as 240,000 deaths by October 1.
Data is playing a vital role in our response to COVID-19, but it is only part of the puzzle. We also need to listen to the experts, follow best practices for social distancing and hygiene, and support each other during this difficult time.
Article written by Franck Jr. Walter
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