Sources and updates, September 5

This week, we have a couple of source updates and a couple of additional data news items.

  • Pediatric data from the CDC: In a rather timely update, the CDC has added a pediatric data tab to its COVID Data Tracker dashboard. The new page links to all the data on COVID-19 and kids that the agency has available: including multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), demographic data for vaccinations and hospitalizations, and COVID-19 outcomes during pregnancy.
  • Additional vaccine doses (also CDC): The CDC recently added an important new field to the vaccination page of its dashboard: people who received an additional vaccine dose. This includes about 1.3 million people as of September 4. The count started on August 13, when the CDC’s vaccine advisory committee endorsed additional shots for immunocompromised Americans—though the CDC’s dashboard doesn’t distinguish between those additional dose recipients who are and are not immunocompromised, according to their “about the data” page.
  • More states pull back on COVID-19 reporting: Here at the CDD, we love to call out states that stop reporting key COVID-19 data points or make that reporting less frequent. A new article from KHN’s Andy Miller speaks to this trend, which has continued in recent weeks despite the Delta surge. The article specifically calls out government websites in Georgia, which stopped updating public data on COVID-19 in prisons and long-term care facilities “just as the dangerous Delta variant was taking hold,” Miller reports.
  • New study provides rigorous evidence that masks work: On Wednesday, authors of a randomized control trial study—the gold standard of scientific research—shared their findings in a preprint. The study investigated mask use by providing different levels of free mask supplies and promotion to different villages in Bangladesh. Villages that received the masks and learned about their use had fewer COVID-19 cases, with the villages that received surgical masks (as opposed to cloth masks) seeing the biggest impact. This study is a pretty big deal, with one commenter calling it “arguably the most important single piece of epidemiological research of the entire pandemic.” For more context, see this Washington Post article.

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