ABiL scientists help develop COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool

Innovative online dashboard estimates infection risk in gatherings of different sizes

Atlanta, (June 25, 2020) – COVID-19 has drastically altered the way we live our lives. As cities reopen and many activities resume, individuals are faced with uncertainty and the challenge of determining what is safe for them. One major concern pertains to gatherings in public and private spaces, as it is very difficult to assess the risk of COVID-19 infection one faces when attending meetings with groups of different sizes.

To address this issue, a team of interdisciplinary researchers from the Applied Bioinformatics Laboratory (ABiL), Georgia Tech, and Stanford University led by Dr. Joshua Weitz developed the COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool. This online dashboard uses realtime data on COVID-19 cases in U.S. states to provide estimates of infection risk in gatherings of different sizes.

ABiL bioinformaticians Dr. Lavanya Rishishwar and Aroon T. Chande participated in the development of the COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool. “This interactive dashboard assists individuals in assessing their risk so they can take appropriate precautions to reduce transmission when attending gatherings,” Dr. Rishishwar said. The interactive visualizations help answer the question: what is the chance someone at an event will be infected with COVID-19? And to understand how infection risk increases significantly as crowd size increases, to help individuals make informed decisions. The team hopes that this information, coupled with mask-wearing, practicing social distancing, handwashing, monitoring for symptoms, and briefly interacting outdoors at a distance, can help people take care of themselves and others in their community as many activities resume.

About ABiL

Established in 2014, ABiL is a private-public partnership between IHRC, Inc. and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Built to provide unmatched bioinformatics support and training, ABiL consists of a dedicated team of full-time bioinformatics scientists with several decades of individual research experience. As a leader in the development of cutting-edge bioinformatics solutions, ABiL provides quality R&D output, computational tool and software development, and capacity building.

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About IHRC, Inc.

Founded in 2007, IHRC, Inc. is an international consulting and professional services corporation that specializes in supporting federal and state government organizations, international public health organizations, and industry.

IHRC offers a robust profile of services spanning the areas of science and health, information management, management consulting, bioinformatics, and global health.

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