By Jill Hodges
How much difference does closing schools make in limiting the spread of COVID-19? How about border restrictions? Stay-at-home orders?
A group of researchers from Berkeley, Georgia Tech, and University of Illinois have built an app to help explore these questions. COVIDVIS enables users to look at the interplay of these and other interventions and the number of reported COVID-19 cases and deaths.
The idea is to illustrate the relative potential benefits of the various distancing measures that have been keeping us from work, school, friends, and travel, said Aditya Parameswaran, one of COVIDVIS’ creators and an assistant professor at the School of Information and Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. “We know that different states and different regions and different countries are enacting different kinds of interventions, and one of the central questions that’s on everyone’s mind is: ‘What’s the impact of these types of interventions?’”
Aditya Parameswaran is an assistant professor at the I School who specializes in “human-in-the-loop” data analytics.