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Calculating better Infection Growth Rates (Rt) for more communities

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Today we are making a change to the way we calculate Rt to better serve lower population regions and regions with lower case counts as well as to improve the timeliness of our Rt metric. We want to be more timely in letting people know when COVID is growing or shrinking in their communities, and this hopefully helps people understand how policies and actions are able to achieve different outcomes.

Launching COVID Alerts

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Covid Act Now is a nonprofit organization with a mission to help save lives. To further that mission, we’re excited to launch COVID Alerts. COVID Alerts let you know when the COVID threat level — based on metrics critical to monitoring COVID, such as infection growth rate and ICU capacity — changes in your county or state. It’s easy to sign up! Just visit: covidactnow.org/alert_signup Then enter...

Model Changes: Adding a Fourth Color

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Previously, our model depicted risk in three colors: red, yellow, and green. We have now added a fourth color: orange. Using four colors allows the Covid Act Now threat scores to be more nuanced, reflecting the more messy, complicated reality of COVID in America. The addition of a fourth color (orange) allows red to be reserved for truly critical situations. Here are the four colors and what they...

Social Sharing

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If you see a graph on Covid Act Now’s website and want to share it, now you can! We recently launched social sharing, so you can share data about your state or county on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or other social media. You can also embed Covid Act Now graphs in presentations, in other documents, or on your website. Here’s a quick guide: First, find the graph you want to share. In the upper...

Where Does Our Data Come From?

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Want to know where Covid Act Now’s data comes from? We’ve created an easy-to-follow slide deck to answer all your questions about where we get the data that feeds our modeling and metrics.  Our guiding principles for selecting data sources are availability, authoritativeness, and timeliness. The slides explain the inputs for each of our metrics (e.g., the number of new daily COVID cases or the...

Our Newest Metric: Contact Tracing

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Today, we’re excited to announce a fourth metric added to our COVID warning system: contact tracing. We will lay out how we calculate whether states have sufficient contact tracing capacity, and why we think it is an important metric to assess reopening. Why Does Contact Tracing Matter? When people contract the virus, they do not show symptoms right away. Even as states begin to reopen, people...

Changes to Model Parameters

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We recently changed a few of our model parameters. We wanted to share what changed and why. The epidemiological model we use to track COVID is an SEIR model. An SEIR epidemiology model tracks the flow of a population between four states in relation to a disease (in this case, COVID). Those four states are susceptible (S), exposed (E), infected (I), and recovered (R). Mash those four together and...

A Dashboard to Help America Reopen Safely

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Note: This blog post is a higher-level description of Covid Act Now’s four COVID metrics. For a more technical, “kitchen sink” description of assumptions and methodology, please see our references and assumptions document. Fighting COVID is hard, but understanding where we stand against COVID just got easier. A policy consensus is emerging how to reopen safely and several...

Exporting Covid Act Now Data to a Spreadsheet

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If you’re more familiar with editing or manipulating a spreadsheet than you are with code, we have good news! You can now export the data from Covid Act Now’s model to your favorite spreadsheet, such as Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel. The Covid Act Now API, which we launched yesterday, exports in CSV (comma separated value) format. This format can be easily imported into a...

Announcing the CovidActNow.org API

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Covid Act Now (CAN) is a non-profit organization of technologists, epidemiologists, and medical professionals working to model how COVID-19 will spread in each U.S. state and county.  We published the first version of our model on March 20. Since then, 10+ million Americans have viewed the model and we’ve engaged with dozens of government officials, including the U.S. Military and White...

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