COVID-19 Informational Material
This page collects materials I put together at the beginning of the COVID epidemic. Beware, I have stopped updating it long ago.
If you are interested in data science research connected to the pandemic, you might enjoy the special issue of Statistical Science that I co-edited: Data Science in a Time of Crisis: Lessons from the PandemicOUTDATED MATERIAL
I am not an epidemiologist, nor a virologist. The files linked here represent my attempt to follow the news on the COVID-19 epidemic, "digest" the information contained in the available data, and become more aware of its possible limitations. As a data scientist, it is easier for me than for the average public to access publically available data and go through this process. I share these attempts here with the hope that others might find them useful. I would be very grateful for any feedback: I am fvery interested on the effectiveness of different strategies for communicating to the general public the results of data science investigations.Italian epidemic
I am originally from Italy, and I was born and raised in Brescia, which is one of the areas that have been hit the hardest from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy. To follow closer what is happening to my home town and my family who is still living there, I have been looking at the italian data. There are two sources with daily up-dates
Unfortunately, for the US epidemic we do not have a central curated data repository updated with the same frequency as we do for Italy. A number of different groups have made serious aggregation efforts. I have looked at only a couple sources, with a focus on California.
To understand the public discourse on "flattening the curve" or "heard immunity" etc, I put together a gentle introduction to deterministic models for epidemics.here, together with a file for colors. The data comes from https://github.com/nytimes/covid-19-data . And to run the program, you should use R studio Individual level data and survival curves
The following link will bring you to work that is not mine, but I am including here, because it presents information that is not often easy to reach on COVID-19, however fundamental to plan interventions and for an understanding go the disease: