Of Apples and Oranges in a Pandemic
May 4, 2020
Michael T. LeVasseur, PhD, MPH, a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Dornsife, has commented extensively in news stories about COVID-19. He shared his thoughts on the Drexel News Blog:
As state and local governments discuss when to lift stay-at-home orders and other restrictions, a lot is at stake. Before quality of life – and yes, financial and political decisions are made – here’s what we need to obtain true infection rates, fix inconsistent reporting and accurately understand the data needed to re-open the country safely:
- Accurate and transparent data needs to be shared with the public.
- Increase capacity for testing.
- States should report their testing consistently.
As communities begin to look for benchmarks for when to open back up, these questions need to be addressed. Lives and the short-and long-term success of the economy are at stake.
Read LeVasseur's full commentary on the Drexel News Blog: Of Apples and Oranges in a Pandemic.