As we have often heard in recent months, pandemics happen in waves. Imagine knowing when the next COVID-19 wave will hit so vulnerable communities can receive helpful resources to prepare. That’s what IUPUI’s Daniel Johnson has set out to accomplish.
Johnson, an associate professor of geography in the IU School of Liberal Arts, is working with Columbia University’s Christian Braneon and researchers at the Centers for Disease Control to develop a predictive model of COVID-19 based on the physical environment, social environment and cases of infection. They hope these predictions will provide enough lead time to give public health officials and the general public an opportunity to react to a coming surge.