COVID-19

HDSR's Xiao-Li Meng on Biased Vaccine Surveys

December 9, 2021
When Delphi-Facebook and the U.S. Census Bureau provided estimates of COVID-19 vaccine uptake last spring, their weekly reports drew on responses from as many as 250,000 people.

The data sets boasted statistically tiny margins of error, raising confidence that the numbers were correct. But when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported actual vaccination rates, the two polls were off — by a lot. By the end of May, the Delphi-Facebook study had overestimated vaccine uptake by 17 percentage points — 70 percent versus 53 percent, according to the CDC — and the Census Bureau’s...

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HDSI Postdoc Isabel Fulcher COVID-19 work in Peru

May 11, 2021

To elucidate why the virus has been so lethal in Lima, Peru, Biostats alum Isabel Fulcher PhD '18, currently a postdoctoral fellow in the HMS Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and the Harvard Data Science Initiative, will work with the Peruvian community health organization Socios En Salud to develop a better understanding of viral behavior in the Peruvian context.

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Former HDSI Postdoc Publishes Science on COVID-19 Healthcare Disparities

April 27, 2021

Former HDSI Postdoctoral Fellow Gonzalo Mena, and previous HDSI Competetive Research Awardees Caroline Buckee and Mauricio Santillana have published a paper in Scienceanalyzing COVID-19 incidence and mortality in Santiago, Chile, highlighting major consequences of healthcare disparities in a highly segregated city, showing that these inequalities disproportionately affected younger people.

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An emergency response team for data?

September 19, 2020

Harvard Data Science Review airs COVID-19 findings

Data science has made key contributions in the battle against COVID-19, from tracking cases and deaths to understanding how populations move during travel restrictions to vaccine design. The Harvard Data Science Initiative is working to support faculty members, students, and fellows in designing and applying the tools of statistics and computer science and creating a community to foster the flow of ideas. The year-old Harvard Data Science Review published a...

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Surgo Foundation launches the Africa COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index

July 13, 2020

Inspired by their U.S.-based COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index—the Africa CCVI assesses 751 regions in 48 African countries on their ability to handle the social, economic, and health impacts of a COVID-19 outbreak. It is intended to help government leaders, health officials, researchers, planners and others stay one step ahead of the pandemic—by allowing them to drill down locally and design...

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COVID-19 Death Rates Surge Among Already Challenged Communities

May 18, 2020

Using home addresses and death notices, Harvard resaerchers find that as the death rate increased across Massachusetts it surged nearly 40 percent higher in cities and towns with the largest concentrations of people of color compared to those with the least. The mortality rate increased nearly 14 percent more in municipalities with the most crowded housing compared to those with the least. And in cities and towns with the most poverty, the death rate increased 9 percent more than those with the least poverty.

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