Updates on Study Progress
We are now on our sixth month running of the pandemic, and its end is not yet in sight. Covid-19 related cases and deaths are still on the rise - with over six million total cases and over 180,000 total deaths thus far in the United States (CDC, Johns Hopkins Tracker). The pandemic has exposed already prevalent racial health inequities, with Black and Brown populations in the US ultimately being more at risk for exposure and death related to Covid-19. The COVID Racial Data Tracker reported that Black people account for 21% of Covid-19 related deaths where race is known, and that they are dying at 2.4 times the rate of white people.
It is important to understand how Covid-19 is impacting these communities to better identify and inform appropriate and relevant resources and interventions to support them. Our three project streams are hoping to address this and provide that understanding. This is now the third month of the project, and we are just getting started. I wanted to share a few quick updates on where we are at in each of the project streams. Both RICH LIFE and Pandemic Pulse started data collection! The Pandemic Pulse team launched its national survey and is in the process of looking through the preliminary results – which we are excited to share once ready. HIT-COVID is continuing to update their database of public health interventions, and is conducting exploratory analyses of interventions implemented in low- and middle-income countries. HIT-COVID also just published a paper entitled “HIT-COVID, a global database tracking public health interventions to COVID-19” in Scientific Data.
Stay tuned for more updates, and if you have any questions – please reach out here.