(COVID) source shout-out: Data Is Plural

This week, I want to give a shout-out to Data Is Plural: a newsletter by Jeremy Singer-Vine, the data editor at BuzzFeed News. Every Wednesday, Singer-Vine sends out links to and notes on a few interesting datasets, ranging from toxic pollution to movie script analysis.

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Thinking about COVID-19 risk as winter approaches

I recently received a question from a COVID-19 Data Dispatch reader that followed a similar theme to many questions that readers, friends, and family members have asked me in the past few months. The question essentially outlined an event in the reader’s personal life that they’d been invited to attend, and asked for my advice: should they go? How risky was this event?

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Public health data in the US is “incredibly fragmented”: Zoe McLaren on booster shots and more

This week, I had a new story published at the data journalism site FiveThirtyEight. The story explores the U.S.’s failure to comprehensively track breakthrough cases, and how that failure has led officials to look towards data from other countries with better tracking systems as they make decisions about booster shots. In the CDD, I’m sharing one of the interviews I did for that story.

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National numbers, November 14

It may be happening slowly, but the U.S. is clearly at the start of a winter COVID-19 surge. The number of newly reported cases rose this week for the first time since early September, while the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals has plateaued.

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