Finding data that can bolster your pandemic reporting

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Following the pandemic numbersEver since John Snow pieced together how cholera spread from a water pump in London in 1854, data has been key to learning how epidemics spread and what it will take to finish them off.

This recorded panel, from AHCJ’s Summit on Infectious Disease in November, features experts in biosecurity, vaccines and health disparities.
They explain how different types of data inform the answers to questions in the COVID-19 pandemic, ranging from why some communities are hit harder than others, to how likely a vaccine is to curb the pandemic. Each researcher highlights a data-driven tool that journalists can use in pandemic reporting.

The panelists are:

  • Kevin Barnett, Dr.P.H., M.C.P., director, Center to Advance Community Health and Equity, Public Health Institute
  • Nicole Basta, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health, McGill University
  • Jennifer B. Nuzzo, Dr.P.H., S.M., senior scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
  • Moderator: Amy Maxmen, Ph.D., reporter, Nature

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