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With so many people using home tests (which mostly go unreported), how can we rely on COVID-19 data to understand community levels of transmission?

Data and Metrics Testing and Contact Tracing

A: With more people using home rapid tests interpreting local COVID-19 data does become murkier, but a useful addition is wastewater surveillance! TL; DR Keeping an eye on local wastewater surveillance can help round out understanding of community transmission as it doesn’t rely on testing or reporting of test results. ✳️Home testing is great because

💔 Noticias desalentadoras: un nuevo estudio demuestra que el COVID-19 aumenta el riesgo de enfermedad cardiovascular durante al menos un año después de la infección.

Data and Metrics Long COVID Posts en Español

DATOS Y MÉTRICAS SOBRE EL COVID DE LARGA DURACIÓN Un estudio reciente aplicado a veteranos de EE. UU. encontró que el riesgo de sufrir un ataque cardíaco, un derrame cerebral y una larga lista de otros eventos cardiovasculares era más alto para aquellos individuos que se contagiaron con COVID-19 al compararlos durante el año anterior

Postcards from England – March 18, 2022

Data and Metrics

Postcards from England…. here we go again?! Like many things in this pandemic, this feeling of déjà vu all over again is getting OLD. As an 🇺🇸American living in the 🇬🇧U.K., I’ve seen the pattern of cases here foreshadowing surges in the U.S. a few weeks later at least five different times now. That means

Do free-falling COVID cases after a truly horrible winter surge mean we have endured the last wave and are nearing the end of the pandemic?

Data and Metrics

We hope so, but not necessarily…. the recent dramatic fall in cases looks A LOT like what we saw last year at this time. Even though falling cases and herd immunity talk make it *feel* like the pandemic is ending, we should remain humble and remember that these predictions have been wrong before. The Nerdy

💔 Disheartening news: A new study shows that COVID-19 raises risk of cardiovascular disease for at least a year after infection.

Data and Metrics Long COVID

A recent large study of U.S. Veterans found that the risk of having a heart attack, stroke and a long list of other cardiovascular events was higher for those who had COVID-19 the year prior compared to those who didn’t. The risk was highest for those who had been admitted to the hospital or ICU

Todos los que conozco están contrayendo Omicron. ¿Esto significa que las vacunas no funcionan?

COVID Variants Data and Metrics Posts en Español

 No. Las vacunas de COVID-19 siguen cumpliendo con su trabajo: Previniendo enfermedades graves. Omicron infecta a quienes ya tienen inmunidad de alguna manera, por vacunación o por infección previa a COVID-19. Pero las vacunas (especialmente 3 dosis) todavía reducen el riesgo de infección de Omicron, y reducen dramáticamente el riesgo de hospitalización y muerte. La

Q: If 50% of COVID hospitalizations are among the vaccinated, does that mean the vaccines aren’t working?

Data and Metrics Vaccines

A: No. This metric sounds useful, but it can’t tell us anything about vaccine effectiveness. Since the roll-out of COVID vaccinations, many headlines have reported the percent of COVID hospitalizations and deaths who were vaccinated, trying to convey how well the vaccines are working. ‘Only 1% of COVID hospitalizations are vaccinated people’ sounds encouraging, doesn’t