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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 226-231

A data-driven approach to COVID-19: Resources, policies, and best practices


1 Program Evaluation and Research Unit, Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy; Health Analytics Network, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
2 Public Health Dynamics Laboratory, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
3 Human Genetics Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India
4 Department of Community Medicine, Purulia Medical College, Purulia, West Bengal, India
5 All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Kolkata, India
6 Health Analytics Network; Public Health Dynamics Laboratory, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh; Department of Biostatistics, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Saumyadipta Pyne
Public Health Dynamics Laboratory, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA; Department of Biostatistics, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA; Health Analytics Network, Pittsburgh, PA
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DOI: 10.4103/bjhs.bjhs_37_20

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The grand scale of the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all aspects of human life. It has revealed worldwide many systemic deficiencies in understanding, preparedness, and control of the disease. To improve the situation, a data-driven approach can guide the use of resources, aid policies, and benefit from the best practices of data acquisition, sharing, and dissemination. Public health decision-making and action depend critically on the timely availability of reliable data. In this study, we described the data types and principles that are useful for better understanding of the pandemic. We focused on public policies such as lockdown and social distancing. We observed a possible impact of change in mobility on different urban populations in the US. Finally, we discussed the potential of objective policies such as limited and local lockdown to balance the dual goals of preventing contagion while also maintaining economic stability with careful consideration for vulnerable populations.


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