There has been no shortage of information available related to the coronavirus and COVID-19 infections during the past 18 months. During this time we have encouraged each of us to be smart reviewers of information by evaluating the source and intentions of the news being shared. We also have learned that this information is dynamic and changing rapidly as the science attempts to catch up with the questions. We do rely on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to be an important provider of science-based information. One of my responsibilities, during my year serving as a subject matter expert to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) during the pandemic for part of my work time, is to share information from NIOSH and CDC that is useful to regional colleagues and organizations. At the risk of information overload, in this blog I share three important new resources.
COVID Data Tracker Find maps and charts tracking cases, deaths and trends of COVID-19 in the United States, updated daily by 8 pm ET. Rates and information can be viewed on county level, including cases, deaths and hospitalizations. Also prominent in this tracker is a summary of available health equity-related data, and in relationship to cases and vaccine rates. Go to COVID Data Tracker.
National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network Data Explorer
This Tracking Network brings together health and environment data from national, state, and city sources and provides supporting information to make the data easier to understand.It has data and information on environments and hazards, health effects, and population health. Step 1: Select from Content Area (>25 selections including COVID-19, asthma, drinking water, environmental justice, etc.), Select Indicator (multiple potential outcomes related to the content area selection), Select Measure (options related to content such as case numbers, prevalence over time period, etc.); Step 2: Select from Geography Type (including U.S., International, State, County, depending on Content Area); Step 3: Select Geography (identify what state or county); Step 4: Select Time (time period options vary depending on Content Area); Step 5: Select Advanced Options (this is optional and allows more specificity depending on measure selected, such as gender or age groups). Select “Go”. Go to National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released this week addresses Efficacy of Portable Air Cleaners and Masking for Reducing Indoor Exposure to Simulated Exhaled SARS-CoV-2 Aerosols — United States, 2021: This report demonstrates how a combination of universal masking and use of HEPA air cleaners reduced exposures by 90%. View this July 9, 2021 MMWR Report.
Dede supports the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences and the Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center's research, engagement and education programs. She is a certified industrial hygienist. She's also a published author. Learn more: https://www.ohsu.edu/people/dede-montgomery.