Sources for Accurate COVID-19 Prevalence and Prevention Data

With the politicizing of some health departments under the influence of business interests that want to minimize the threat of COVID-19, our congregations have been requesting sources for accurate data on COVID-19’s transmission, spread, and prevention.

The UUA offers the following sources of information, with humility: even expert medical professionals do not fully understand this new virus yet. Our human knowledge is evolving, and as it evolves, expert guidance is open to change.

COVID-19 Prevention

In August, 2020 the British Medical Journal published Two Metres or One? What Is the Evidence for Physical Distancing in Covid-19?. It includes a grid that rates risk of transmission by type of environment, type of mask, and duration.

Staying away from risky activities is key. Georgia Tech has created a COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool that helps you determine what your chances are of COVID exposure at events of different sizes, given your county’s current numbers.

COVID-19 Data

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID Data Tracker offers detailed data in several areas, including testing positivity rates, hospitalization numbers, vaccination data, and community vulnerability.

Covid Act Now is a non-profit “built by a multidisciplinary team of technologists, epidemiologists, public health experts, and public policy leaders.” Their goal is “to provide the best-available local-level disease intelligence and data analysis on COVID in the U.S.” Covid Act Now includes frequently-updated data on five different indicators including positivity rates, rate of transmission, and expectations of spread for over 3000 counties in the US.

The New York Times continually updates its Coronavirus Tracker, with data on cases and deaths in counties throughout the country.