Monday, August 3, 2020

Check the Data: COVID19 Dashboards

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As a gerontologist (and a mortal), I am taking a keen interest in the COVID-19 (C19) pandemic. 

These are some of the tools I use frequently. 

In an effort to mitigate the risk of contracting the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-19), I consult various dashboards that evaluate the risk factors for countries, states, or counties based on one or more of the following criteria: 
  • Cases of C19 by number or per 100K or per capita
  • Testing rate by goal, per 100K or per capita
  • Hospitalizations by number or percentage of capacity
  • ICU beds and/or ventilators by number or percentage of capacity
  • Death by number or by percentage excess from prior years. 
This is the web page I check first. 

Harvard Global Health Institute maintains a map of the US that is easy to scan for severity of risk by county: green, yellow, orange and red.  

HGHI's Risk Level dashboard also provides the number of new cases per day (on a 7 day moving average) for the state. If you click on the state, you can find the county information, too. This is important, because counties within a state can vary. 

For example, Florida as of August 1, 2020 reports these rates for new C19 cases:
  • The state of Florida reports 43.6 new cases per day per 100,000
  • Glades County, FL reports 8.3 cases per 100,000
  • Jefferson County, FL reports 168.5 cases per 100,000

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Teaching Gerontology Classes at UE

UE's Mascot is Ace, the River Gambler
I've had the good fortune of teaching part-time at the University of Evansville, which is a liberal arts university located in the tristate area of Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois.

I was giddy when the chair of sociology hired me to teach their series of gerontology classes.

(I also teach at USI; I previously taught at WSU.)

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Podcasts about COVID-19

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We are still learning about the coronavirus (aka COVID-19 or SARS-COV-2).

I usually read as a way to digest information. 

However, I have been exploring podcasts as a way to learn about the current pandemic. 

By using various search terms on Spotify, I found more than 50 podcasts on COVID-19.

There are many more episodes about the virus / the pandemic within existing podcasts.

To date, I have listened to at least one episode of 50 podcasts dedicated to COVID-19.

Now I'm narrowing the field by selecting those that

* Have good sound quality
* Maintain a good focus, relatively free of banter
* Provide current data and results from current research
* Hosted by experts and/or interviews experts
* Might refer to technical language about virology / biochemistry, but aimed at the lay reader/listener rather than at fellow scientific and/or medical experts.

My Favorites COVID-19 (aka C19) Podcasts

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Virtual MAIA Every Thur in August 2020

Every Thursday in August 2020 at 12 noon Central
For a dozen years, the Mid-American Institute on Aging & Wellness has hosted keynote and concurrent sessions on an array of topics to promote health and wellness across the lifespan.

MAIA secured a fantastic line up of speakers this year who agreed to present online due to the constraints presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is a great introduction to MAIA
because registration is FREE
for many attendees this year. 

VIDEO Introduction (from 7/14/2020 runtime 4:30 min) 
Click the blue word "VIDEO" above
to play the video