Author Archives: Andrew

@DearPandemic: a COVID-19-related scientific communication effort for the public

Epidemiologists and other scientists have become an important source of information for the public amid so much misinformation around COVID-19. “Dear Pandemic” is a public service effort by Dr. Sandra Albrecht, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, in conjunction with an all-female … Continue reading

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Severe COVID-19 Projections: Data Visualization Tool

An online data visualization tool has just been released that allows users to explore the COVID-19 projections being released weekly by Jeff Shaman’s lab at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.  These data have been powering Columbia’s interactive … Continue reading

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Mapping Food Insecurity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 11% of households and nearly 16% of families with children were food insecure. With schools closed and families out of work, food insecurity rates are expected to skyrocket in the coming months. During the crisis, … Continue reading

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Updated: County Level Estimates of Highly Stressed Health Care Systems

The Built Environmental and Health Research Group’s online mapping tool has been updated with new data showing counties that are at high risk of experiencing patient volumes that exceed their hospital capacity over the next 6 weeks.  The maps show at risk … Continue reading

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COVID-19 and Food Insecurity

Mailman School researchers are calling attention to the way in which COVID-19 is magnifying food insecurity in the U.S. and the link between food insecurity and long term health effects among children. The rapid spread of COVID-19 throughout the United … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Related School Closings and Risk of Weight Gain Among Children.

Andrew Rundle and colleagues wrote a Perspective article for The Obesity Society’s journal Obesity, to call attention to the COVID-19 pandemic’s likely longer-term effect on children’s health. In many areas of the U.S., the COVID-19 pandemic has closed schools and … Continue reading

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County Level Estimates of When Hospital Capacity will be Overwhelmed

A multi-institution team led by Charles Branas, and including Andrew Rundle and staff from the Social and Spatial Epidemiology Unit, has been making county level estimates for the U.S. of the time until health systems are overwhelmed with patients.  The … Continue reading

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Estimated ICU Beds Available to Respond to Patient Surges

Social and Spatial Epidemiology Unit members Charles Branas and Andrew Rundle, along with colleagues from Patient Insight, the Mount Sinai Health System and MIT, have created estimates of the number of hospital critical care beds, including ICU beds and other … Continue reading

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Mapping Populations at Risk for Severe COVID-19, continued

The Built Environment and Health Research Group’s geographer extraordinaire, James Quinn, built a new version of their interactive mapping tool for severe COVID-19.  The map depicts populations at high risk of severe COVID-19 due to older age or underlying health … Continue reading

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Documenting the Iron Pipeline: The flow of guns around America

On Saturday May 2, 2015, Detective 1st Grade Brian Moore of the New York Police Department was shot and killed in while on patrol in Hollis, Queens. Moore’s partner, Eric Jansen, was also shot but was not seriously injured. In … Continue reading

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