New model highlights continued COVID-19 risks

A new model posted by the University of Georgia’s Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases shows that the pandemic is not slowing down in the United States. Unlike other COVID-19 mathematical models, the CEID’s model ties together three social distancing scenarios and hard-to-measure interventions like hand washing and wearing a face covering to […]

Herd immunity an impractical strategy, study finds

Results provide insight for public health policymakers fighting COVID-19 Achieving herd immunity to COVID-19 is an impractical public health strategy, according to a new model developed by University of Georgia scientists. The study recently appeared in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Controlling COVID-19 has presented public health policymakers with a […]

Migration shapes patterns of disease transmission

Long-distance animal migrations can trigger relapse of dormant infections, influencing when and where infection risk peaks, according to research by alumnus Dan Becker, PhD ’17, and Asst. Prof. Richard Hall. Read more here.  Photo: A rusty blackbird typically migrates from northern Canada to the United States for winter. Photo provided […]

Opportunities for Graduate Students: Spillover of Ebola & Other Filoviruses

Positions for graduate students are available as part of a multi-year project funded through 2025 by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The goal of the project is to better understand drivers of spillover of Ebolavirus and other African filoviruses along ecological boundaries. You can read more about the project here. […]

Five Approaches to the Suppression of SARS-CoV-2 Without Intensive Social Distancing

Researchers in the Coronavirus Working Group modeled the effectiveness of generalized and targeted non-pharmaceutical interventions to control the spread of SARS-CoV-2.  Generalized policies include wearing face masks, hand washing, enhanced sick leave policies, limiting large gatherings, and other behavioral changes not involving intensive social distancing or shelter-in-place orders.  Targeted methods […]

COVID-19 Portal Shows Cases & Deaths Continue to Increase Nationwide

The Coronavirus Working Group continues to publish timely information about the COVID-19 pandemic in Georgia and the United States.  Using the interactive visualization tools that are available on the COVID-19 Portal, data show that the number of confirmed cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to increase in Georgia and most other […]

Drake: America Needs a National Center for Infectious Disease Intelligence

In an opinion piece published in The Hill, CEID Director John Drake made the case that the time is now to establish a national center for infectious disease intelligence to monitor trends and provide real-time interpretation of outbreak data through modeling, biostatistics, and data science. Read the article, here.

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