Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA, global director of ICAP, was consulted for a Nov 19 article in the Gothamist which explained why the state and city have been reporting different COVID-19 positivity rates. Dr. El-Sadr explained that in general, a seven-day average positivity is the best indicator, as opposed to the daily positivity, which takes only one day into account. Dr. El-Sadr says:

“This avoids the swings that can happen due to delay in reporting as one example or big variations in testing results.”

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A major global health organization that has been improving public health in countries around the world for over 15 years, ICAP works to transform the health of populations through innovation, science, and global collaboration. Based at Columbia University in New York City, where it is part of the Mailman School of Public Health, ICAP has projects in more than 30 countries, working side-by-side with ministries of health and local partners to confront some of the world’s toughest health challenges. Through meaningful research, tailored technical assistance, effective training and education programs, and rigorous surveillance to measure and evaluate the impact of public health interventions, ICAP aims to realize a global vision of healthy people, empowered communities, and thriving societies. Online at icap.columbia.edu

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