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.
July 21, 2020 • ~11 min
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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.
July 10, 2020 • ~9 min
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Many more people have been infected with coronavirus than the statistics suggest.
June 25, 2020 • ~7 min
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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.
June 16, 2020 • ~7 min
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Coronavirus deaths in San Francisco vs. New York: What causes such big differences in cities' tolls?
Why one city suffers significantly more deaths than another isn't always obvious. A simple experiment shows how failing to consider certain factors can point policy makers in the wrong direction.
June 2, 2020 • ~7 min
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Three graphs of mortality data tell the story of the direction the UK and the world are heading in after the peak of the coronavirus outbreak.
April 27, 2020 • ~6 min
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Researchers and public health officials still don't know how widespread nor how deadly the coronavirus really is. Random testing is a way to quickly and easily learn this important information.
April 13, 2020 • ~8 min
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A lot of numbers are being tossed around about COVID-19 and what to expect in the future. They're being used to make critical public health decisions, but they aren't as simple as they appear.
April 10, 2020 • ~8 min
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We need to update models on death rates or introduce truly random testing to understand the true impact of the coronavirus.
April 2, 2020 • ~8 min
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