Computerized Map Can Predict Next COVID-19 Outbreak

Jagpreet Chhatwal, Associate Director of the ITA talked with Voice of America regarding their AI-based COVID-19 Outbreak Tool that shows how fast COVID-19 is spreading in different U.S. counties. The Tool shows that several jurisdictions remain at risk of future outbreaks despite the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines. It leverages machine learning to predict how fast an outbreak could spread at the county level by estimating the doubling time of COVID-19 cases. The Tool considers reported COVID-19 cases and deaths, face mask mandates, social distancing policies, the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index, changes in tests performed, and positive test rates.