Marian Dominguez-Mirazo worked with students at Ivan Allen College’s Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center to show how video games can help slow the spread of Covid-19. Marian Dominguez-Mirazo, designed the epidemiological model used in the video games to determine players’ chances of getting infected The game was highlighted on Twitter and can be found here.
Prof. Weitz wrote a guest column in the Atlanta Journal Constitution discussing the potential ramifications of students returning to campus while Covid-19 still runs rampant throughout Georgia.
To understand why Georgia’s colleges and universities are not ready for face-to-face instruction, consider the return of 10,000 undergraduates to campus. How many of those will be infected with SARS-CoV-2? An estimate is possible by observing that in the past two weeks, more than 50,000 new cases have been documented in Georgia, more than 25% of the total cases reported by the Georgia Department of Public Health since the outbreak began.
Weitz referenced the Covid-19 risk assessment tool in his piece, citing that the tool “estimates that there is an approximately 50-50 chance that one (or more) in a classroom of 25 students and one instructor would show up to class infected with SARS-CoV-2.”
Prof. Weitz and research scientist Dr. Stephen Beckett recently published an opinion piece in Slate Magazine discussing Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s decision to lift lockdown restrictions and re-open the state. Citing concerns about the time delay between a person becoming infected and testing positive for the virus, Beckett and Weitz urge Georgia leaders to reconsider.
If decision-makers in the state of Georgia want to use evidence-based criteria to continue to reopen, they must not conflate reporting lags with actual declines to suit preferred narratives. Instead, they must deal with the evidence as it is, and use evidence-based criteria to take the necessary steps to continue to drive down cases.
Several members of the group and our collaborators published an article in NatureMedicine where we modeled shield immunity where Covid-19 recovered individuals (with antibodies against Covid-19) could be deployed as focal points for safer interactions with sensitive populations. A shield immunity dashboard is in progress and will be forthcoming in January 2021.
Prof. Weitz’s recently published opinion piece in the Atlanta Journal Constitution cites concerns that lifting restrictions in Georgia too soon could increase the severity of Covid-19 in the state.
Last Monday, April 20, Gov. Brian Kemp announced the limited reopening of sectors of Georgia’s economy, effective April 24. The rationale includes the fact that documented cases of COVID-19 appear to have flattened, leading people to wonder: has the danger passed? The answer is simple: no.