Covid Analysis and Updates
Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic I've provided analysis and interpretation of Covid metrics for the public, focusing on Indiana and Northwest Indiana. While I no longer use Twitter, I continue post updates both on The Region Economist blog and on Mastodon @firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research on Covid and K-12 in-person instruction in Indiana
In 2022 I published an article with some amazing co-authors in the Journal Clinical Infectious Diseases on the effect of in-person instruction at K-12 schools in Indiana on community spread of Covid-19. In the article we found a measurable effect of the amount of in-person instruction (vs. e-learning) in school districts on county-level cases. More in-person instruction resulted in a greater number of cases in the county in the weeks that followed.
Gabriel T Bosslet, Micah Pollak, Jeong Hoon Jang, Rebekah Roll, Mark Sperling, Babar Khan, The Effect of In-Person Primary and Secondary School Instruction on County-Level Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Spread in Indiana, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Volume 74, Issue 1, 1 January 2022, Pages 17–23, https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciab306
Between 2020 and 2022, I grew a Twitter account from 25 followers to over 9,000 by providing Covid-19 data, graphs and analysis. In the video above Dr. Bosslet (a friend and colleague) and I discuss our experiences share COVID information on social media and fighting misinformation.