Social Epidemiology

Older couple sitting on a bench outdoors.

Study Seeks to Find the Relationship Between COVID-19, Social Isolation, and Mental Health in Older Adults

Q&A with Lindsay Kobayashi

Researchers from the University of Michigan are working on a study to determine the mental health impacts and well-being among older adults during the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 Coping Study, an online survey of US adults ages 55 and older, highlights the complexities and layers in which the virus impacts our society—in ways that are more than just contracting the disease. Read more

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Public Health Surveillance: Immunity, Testing, and Contact Tracing

Q&A with Abram Wagner

Long before we could sequence a virus’s genome in a matter of weeks, we used public health tactics like contact tracing to sort out the movement of a disease in a population. Contact tracing is one of the “traditional” tools of epidemiologists. Today, we have more public health surveillance tools at our disposal, and we’ll need both the old and the new to bring COVID-19 under control. Read more

Boats and swimmers on Cass Lake, the largest and deepest lake in Oakland County. Cass Lake is in the northern Metro Detroit region of southeastern Michigan.

Social Distancing 2.0: A New Normal

Q&A with Abram Wagner

We’re all wondering when we can return to work, see friends and family, and get back to some sense of normal. Meanwhile, we might notice that a planned temporary hospital wasn’t built or that some data seems to show a reduction in the spread of coronavirus. What do we do with emerging shades of gray in a situation that seemed so black and white not too long ago? Read more

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Social Distancing: Data Models for a Model Response to an Outbreak

Q&A with Peter Song

Biostatistics expert Peter Song and team have created a tool to assess the effectiveness of preventive measures in the fight against the COVID-19, still a new disease with many unknowns. The model lets us compare the impact of different levels of intervention so different locales can develop better strategies and policies to flatten the coronavirus curve. Read more