hidden Comparing COVID-19 with the flu: More differences than similarities

Comparing COVID-19 with the flu: More differences than similarities

Author: Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., Chief, Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Preview: Many have compared seasonal influenza (the flu) with COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. This is understandable, to some degree, because to understand the new or unknown we sometimes compare it with something known or familiar and seek similarities between the two.

hidden It gets better with time: the benefits and challenges of predictive data modeling

It gets better with time: the benefits and challenges of predictive data modeling

Author: Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., Chief, Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation, American Heart Association; Yosef Khan, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Health Informatics and Analytics, Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation, American Heart Association

Preview: The myriad data that surround us strengthen our understanding of public health problems and inform our response strategies as they offer insights to past, present and future trends of disease progression and outcomes. Sometimes, public health problems demand quick action (e.g., COVID-19), even in the face of limited data to inform a response.

hidden New data suggest disparities in COVID-19 hospitalization by race/ethnicity; AHA updates its community data tool to better identify areas where severe cases are likely to occur

New data suggest disparities in COVID-19 hospitalization by race/ethnicity; AHA updates its community data tool to better identify areas where severe cases are likely to occur

Author: Christina M. Shay, PhD, FAHA, Director, Impact and Health Metrics, American Heart Association

Preview: The American Heart Association Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s data visualization resource, “County-Level Characteristics Related to Increased Risk for Severe COVID-19 Complications,” has been updated to include detailed population estimates of the proportion of county residents according to race and ethnicity.

hidden New Resource to Identify Communities at High Risk for Severe Illness from COVID-19 and Increased Healthcare Utilization

New Resource to Identify Communities at High Risk for Severe Illness from COVID-19 and Increased Healthcare Utilization

Author: Christina M. Shay, PhD, FAHA, Director, Impact and Health Metrics, American Heart Association

Preview: The Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation (CHME) has developed a data visualization resource to identify communities with population characteristics associated with high rates of severe COVID-19 illness, which can help pinpoint localities at high risk for increased use of healthcare services and increased resource needs.

hidden The US Public Health System’s Playbook for COVID-19

The US Public Health System’s Playbook for COVID-19

Author: Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., Chief, Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Preview: There is reassuring news in the midst of the uncertainty that has permeated many in our nation over the past several weeks: we have a science-based playbook for public health agencies to effectively respond to emergencies such as COVID-19.