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About Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi

Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, DrPH, MPH, MBA is an Associate Professor of Public Health and Director of the undergraduate and graduate programs in public health at the University of Evansville. She serves as the public health expert for local media and has appeared on over 100 televised interviews regarding various public health issues with over 50 of the interviews related to COVID-19. Her research interests include healthcare systems and policies in the comparative perspective related to social epidemiology.

Weekly Review: COVID-19 Data and Surveillance – May 17, 2021

Vaccine Effectiveness This observational study evaluates the effectiveness of BNT162b2 (Pfizer vaccine) among health care workers in an area with a high rate of the B.1.1.7 variant in Northern Italy during the time period of January 25, 2021 through April 13,Read More
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Weekly Review: COVID-19 Data and Surveillance – April 26, 2021

Maternal Outcomes The authors of this meta-analysis examine endocrine disorders in pregnant women with COVID-19 and without and its impact on maternal outcomes.  A total of 141 articles met the research criteria and were included in the meta-analyses.  Key findingsRead More
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Weekly Review: COVID-19 Data and Surveillance – April 19, 2021

Machine Learning The authors of this review examine efforts to use machine learning (ML) algorithms during the ongoing pandemic and they focus on two main applications:  diagnosis of COVID-19 and prediction of mortality risk and severity.  Given that it isRead More
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Weekly Review: COVID-19 Data and Surveillance – April 12, 2021

Intellectual Humility Understanding the psychology of vaccination attitudes is arguably more important now than ever. The authors of this article examine intellectual humility’s relationship with COVID-19 anti-vaccination and hesitant attitudes and intention to vaccinate using hierarchical regression and bivariate correlations. Read More
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Weekly Review: COVID-19 Data and Surveillance – March 29, 2021

Trends in Correctional Facilities The authors of this study aim to document trends in COVID-19 cases among staff working in correctional facilities.  Data were included from March through November 2020 and were extracted from the Federal Bureau of Prisons andRead More
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Weekly Review: COVID-19 Data and Surveillance – March 22, 2021

Vitamin D  The authors in this article explore the possible associations of vitamin D status and in-hospital mortality related to COVID-19 and the need for mechanical ventilation.  They conducted a retrospective, observational, 2-center cohort study which included adult patients fromRead More
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Weekly Review: COVID-19 Data and Surveillance – March 8, 2021

Age Structure and Policy This article examines the impact of age structure and government policy in response to COVID-19 in 209 countries.  The variables included in the study were total cases and deaths (per million), shares of the median ageRead More
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Weekly Review: COVID-19 Data and Surveillance – March 1, 2021

Risk Factors This meta-analysis aims to provide an overview of the major predictors of SARS-CoV-2 related mortality rates (MR).    All prospective and retrospective observational studies reporting crude overall COVID-19-related MR in hospitalized patients were included in the study.  There wereRead More
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Weekly Review: COVID-19 Data and Surveillance – February 22, 2021

Mental Health This study examined factors of mental distress among the younger population (aged 16-25) in order to further contribute to the research regarding mental health and COVID-19.  Specifically, the article assessed the impact of lockdown-related changes in various lifeRead More
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Weekly Review: COVID-19 Data and Surveillance – February 1, 2021

Contact Tracing A critical component to controlling the spread of COVID-19 has been prompt and effective contact tracing.  By identifying close contacts, spread of the disease is reduced.  Contact tracing is an effective disease control strategy yet little data areRead More
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