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Nationwide Eviction Freeze The CDC issued an Emergency Action this week implementing a nationwide temporary freeze on evictions. The freeze runs from September 4 through December 31, 2020. Here is a link to the CDC’s Declaration Form which must be filled Read More
This study describes COVID-19 case rates and deaths among federal and state prisoners in the United States and compares them with the general population. Results show that COVID-19 case rates have been substantially higher and escalating much more rapidly in prisons Read More
COVID-19 can cause asymptomatic and mild illness, particularly among young, healthy populations. This CDC investigation of an outbreak of COVID-19 among a group of college-aged travelers and their contacts demonstrated that 28% had positive SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test results, approximately one Read More
Modeling and forecasting the spread of COVID-19 remains a challenge. This report details three regional-scale models for forecasting and assessing the course of the pandemic: 1) exponential growth, 2) self-exciting branching process, and 3) the susceptible–infected–resistant (SIR) compartment model. In presenting Read More
A recent mathematical modelling study using mobile phone data found that individual decisions to reduce movement – even before state-wide stay-at-home policies were introduced – likely helped slow the spread of COVID-19 in the USA The authors examined daily mobility Read More
Obesity has been found to be a risk factor for hospitalization with COVID‐19. This cross-sectional study analyzed whether patients hospitalized with COVID‐19 differed in BMI at older versus younger ages, and determined whether trends were independent of diabetes and hypertension. Read More
Evaluating unexplained increases in deaths due to all causes or attributed to nonspecific outcomes, such as pneumonia and influenza, can provide a more complete picture of the burden of COVID-19. This observational study estimates the burden of all deaths related Read More
This study reports modelling of the impact of population-wide interventions in Italy on COVID-19 epidemic. The authors propose a new algorithm for predicting the impact of control measures on spread of infection based on data acquired from the field during Read More
This study of coronavirus infections that covered almost everyone in the quarantined north Italian town of Vò found that 40% of cases showed no symptoms – suggesting that asymptomatic cases are important in the spread of the pandemic. On February Read More
This retrospective study evaluated the risk of cancer history for the mortality of patients with COVID-19. The authors examined data from 3232 patients with pathogen-confirmed COVID-19 who were hospitalized between January 18th and March 27th, 2020, at Tongji Hospital in Read More

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