Using Data Science to Better Understand COVID-19
I was interviewed by Dr. Steven Wexner, MD, for the American College of Surgeons as part of their "From the Frontlines" interview series.
We discussed various issues, including
the idea of "wartime science"
balancing the need to keep viral spread under control vs. keeping society functioning as normal as possible
what we've learned about how SARS-CoV-2 spreads
what this implies for our mitigation strategies, including mask-wearing
how to identify outbreaks as they emerge using available public data
a little bit about the PolicyLab modeling and county-level projections and how they help identify counties at risk for surge
discussion of role of media and government officials, and how scientists can contribute to getting clear, accurate messages to the public
having a balanced message, mindful of avoiding extremes of denial and alarmism.
Here is a link to the interview.