Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA, global director of ICAP, was consulted for a Dec 1 article in Gothamist which reported that the New York City Department of Health conducted a large-scale study of New Yorkers that shows household contact and gatherings of 10 or more people as the two main drivers of coronavirus infections. Amid this resurgence, epidemiologists want to know more about the data the city has collected, specifically through its test and trace program. But city officials have provided bare and unsatisfying details at best. Dr. El-Sadr says.
“Everyone is thirsting for this data. You want to shape policy firmly planted in evidence. It would be useful to look at test and trace interviews to tease out where people are getting infected beyond households”
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