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National Academies publishes guide to help public officials make sense of COVID-19 data

National Academies publishes guide to help public officials make sense of COVID-19 data

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, officials across the country have had to make decisions about opening and closing schools, businesses and community facilities. They have relied in large part on information about the pandemic—from hospitalization statistics to test results—to inform these decisions. But different facts and figures about COVID-19 can paint different pictures of the pandemic, according to Adrian Raftery, a professor of statistics and sociology at the University of Washington.