Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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The National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) and the COVID-19 Pandemic

This explainer describes the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), explores how it has been used in the past, and assesses how it is already being used or has been proposed to be used to fill gaps in the current response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Addressing the Justice-Involved Population in Coronavirus Response Efforts

Addressing health care needs of people moving into and out of the criminal justice system and staff who work them is an important component of coronavirus response efforts and protecting and promoting public health within the communities in which correctional facilities are located. This brief provides data on spread of coronavirus within correctional facilities, discusses the health risks for the justice-involved population and the staff who work with them, identifies the role Medicaid can play in response efforts for justice-involved individuals, and highlights other steps correctional systems can take to mitigate risk of coronavirus for the justice-involved population and promote public health.

What Testing Capacity Do We Need?

This post looks at potential benchmarks for estimating the number of coronavirus tests needed in the United States and compares them to current national, and state level, testing levels.

COVID-19 Models: Can They Tell Us What We Want to Know?

This blog gives a primer on epidemiological models for Covid-19 (coronavirus). It describes the uses and the types of models used, then lists a number of examples of different types of models and some key findings. The post also describes the limitations and assumptions related to these models, and how to use the information they provide more effectively.

How Health Costs Might Change with COVID-19

As the coronavirus spreads rapidly across the United States, private health insurers and government health programs could potentially be burdened with higher health care costs. However, the extent to which costs grow, and how the burden is distributed across payers, programs, individuals, and geography are still very much unknown. A…

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