June 22nd 2020
Playing a key role in the fight against the COVID-19 health crisis, data scientists have been working to expand the scope of their analyses to encapsulate foot traffic data, social distancing metrics, and various other forms of recently gathered data relevant to the pandemic. As such, big data is continually enabling the development of groundbreaking research and policymaking derived from concrete, data driven insights, helping mitigate the adverse impacts of the pandemic. Namely, data scientists are using their knowledge and skills to combat COVID-19 through the following key mechanisms:
1. CDC Data Scientists are Creating Data-Driven Healthcare Responses
2. Data Scientists in Academia Are Researching Into Society’s Toughest Socio-economic Questions Around COVID-19
Contact During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Transmission Risk and Social Benefits of US Locations,” researchers from the MIT Sloan School of
Management sought to understand why decisions were being made to either re-open some businesses more quickly than others or make an assessment as to what constitutes a more “at-risk” businesses given the spread of the novel coronavirus.
3. Local & Federal Governments Lean on Data Scientists For Driving Policy
Data scientists in local and federal government agencies have found data to be invaluable in helping officials tailor their response efforts. With reliable data, governments were able to intervene quickly to impede the spread of the virus and mitigate the subsequent toll on public healthcare systems:
Now that states are beginning to reopen their economies, this data will become increasingly useful to inform officials on the impacts of reopening, so they can regulate the reopening process and determine the most effective policies moving forward.
What’s happening in the world today is unprecedented for everyone. Each and every day, people across the country are doing their best to not only cope with the COVID-19 crisis but to figure out real—and speedy solutions for overcoming the health and economic risks that novel coronavirus pandemic has brought to the U.S. and the world.
That being said, the path towards a safe re-opening of the U.S. economy comes down to the data. By looking at where consumers may be exposed to the greatest risk while also being cognizant of which businesses are potentially the most important, relatively speaking, for keeping consumers alive and well in the here and now, we can begin the first steps towards getting the U.S. economy back on track again without plunging ourselves further into this crisis.