Featured sources, March 14

  • Helix COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard: Helix, a population genomics company, is one of the leading private partners in the CDC’s effort to ramp up SARS-CoV-2 sequencing efforts in the U.S. The company is reporting B.1.1.7 cases identified in select states, along with data on a mutation called S gene target failure (or SGTF) that scientists have found to be a major identification point in distinguishing B.1.1.7 from other strains.
  • COVID-19 related deaths by occupation, England and Wales: This is another source that I used for my Pop Sci story. The U.S. doesn’t publish any data connecting COVID-19 cases or deaths to occupations, but the U.K. data falls along similar lines to what we’d expect to see here: essential workers have been hit hardest. Men in “elementary occupations,” a class of jobs that require some physical labor, and women in service and leisure occupations have the highest death rates.
  • The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on LGBT People: This brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation addresses a key data gap in the U.S.; the national public health agencies and most states do not publish any data on how the pandemic has specifically hit the LGBTQ+ community. KFF surveys found that a larger share of LGBTQ+ adults have experienced job loss and negative health impacts in the past year, compared to non-LGBTQ+ adults.

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