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March 27, 2020

Podcast: Dr. Leo Nissola on the Covid Act Now project and lessons from a pandemic

Dr. Leo Nissola of the Covid Act Now project

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, informaticians and epidemiologists are leaping into action, doing what they can to attempt to shape the limited amount of data available into meaningful insights. One project that is doing this in a particularly compelling and meaningful way is Covid Act Now, a predictive statistical model that maps the likely spread of COVID-19 state-by-state across the U.S. By taking into account healthcare capacity data from each state, like hospital beds or ventilators per capita, Covid Act Now projects a timeline for when each state's healthcare capacity is likely to be overwhelmed, and also offers a window of time indicating a possible "point of no return" for policy action.

Immunologist, physician and author Dr. Leo Nissola acts as a medical advisor for the Covid Act Now project, and he recently joined me on the podcast to share some more context for this statistical model, as well as some insights on the COVID-19 pandemic and what actions he believes are needed to stem the tide of the pandemic in the U.S. 

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Piper Hale, MPH

Assistant Director of Communications