Make sure everyone counts: Change the way we define COVID-19

This is what the public health officials need to do to provide more order in this catastrophe and to more accurately reflect the size of the pandemic. Rather than only counting “confirmed” cases as we do in the U.S., we should adopt the COVID-19 case definitions recommended by WHO and the European CDC.  In thoseContinue reading “Make sure everyone counts: Change the way we define COVID-19”

Using Syndromic Surveillance to find the COVID-19 epidemic in front of us and behind us

Written by Helen Perry PhD and Sharon McDonnell MD MPH What is syndromic surveillance?  Public health surveillance is the use of data for action.  It is how we can monitor health problems that occur in our communities, states and countries.  Health care providers like many doctors, urgent care centers and hospitals participate in their State’sContinue reading “Using Syndromic Surveillance to find the COVID-19 epidemic in front of us and behind us”

How do we handle the world? – Everyday practices for COVID prevention

COVID-19 update I am writing this for our Emergency operations staff in the call center and for people delivering food in the community from the grocery store as well as all of us trying to find out how to live in this newly dangerous world. 1. Assume most COVID transmission happens by direct close contactContinue reading “How do we handle the world? – Everyday practices for COVID prevention”