Ethnic minorities at much higher risk of homicide in England and Wales

Calculations now familiar from coronavirus coverage – cases per 100,000 people – applied to ethnicity and homicide victimisation in the UK for the first time. 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Nov. 17, 2020 ~5 min

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279,700 extra deaths in the US so far in this pandemic year

Health statisticians keep careful tabs on how many people die every week. Based on what's happened in past years, they know what to expect – but 2020 death counts are surging beyond predictions.

Ronald D. Fricker Jr., Professor of Statistics and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Administration, Virginia Tech • conversation
Oct. 14, 2020 ~7 min

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Up to 204,691 extra deaths in the US so far in this pandemic year

Health statisticians keep careful tabs on how many people die every week. Based on what's happened in past years, they know what to expect – but 2020 death counts are surging beyond predictions.

Ronald D. Fricker Jr., Professor of Statistics and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Administration, Virginia Tech • conversation
Aug. 13, 2020 ~5 min

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Random testing in Indiana shows COVID-19 is 6 times deadlier than flu, and 2.8% of the state has been infected

A team of researchers from Indiana University performed random testing for SARS-CoV-2 across the state. The results offer some of the most accurate data to date about important aspects of the virus.

Nir Menachemi, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Indiana University • conversation
July 21, 2020 ~11 min

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5 tips for coping with COVID-19 stat overload

Overwhelmed by all the COVID-19 statistics in the news? Here are five tips from data scientists for handling the glut of information.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
July 15, 2020 ~9 min

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How deadly is COVID-19? A biostatistician explores the question

The COVID-19 death toll in the US is now over 130,000. What do 130,000 fatalities look like? A biostatistician provides some perspective.

Ron Fricker, Professor of Statistics and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Administration, Virginia Tech • conversation
July 10, 2020 ~9 min

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Coronavirus: our study suggests more people have had it than previously estimated

Many more people have been infected with coronavirus than the statistics suggest.

Scott McLachlan, Postdoctoral Researcher in Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

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Herd immunity won’t solve our COVID-19 problem

Without a vaccine, the cost of reaching herd immunity during a pandemic is counted in lives lost, and it won't quickly stop the virus's spread.

Sara Krehbiel, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Santa Clara University • conversation
June 16, 2020 ~7 min

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