Stanford Medicine researchers have released a daily survey to help predict surges of COVID-19 cases in the United States.
The Stanford Medicine National Daily Health Survey initially takes two minutes to complete, with subsequent daily surveys taking only seconds. It is hoped that data from the survey, in combination with local testing results, will be able to warn healthcare providers of sudden increases in COVID-19 cases in the community before those cases reach the hospital.
Speaking to Stanford Medicine, Lawrence “Rusty” Hofmann, MD, professor and chief of interventional radiology, who is leading the survey, emphasized the need for a many people as possible to participate in the survey. “To work, this survey needs people. My hope is that people see taking this survey as their civic duty and as a way to be involved in fighting COVID-19.”
“It’s crucial to continue to take the survey every day, especially during this time of uncertainty and while we shelter in place,” Hofmann told Stanford Medicine. “But even after this initial phase is over, there will be pockets of COVID-19 cases that crop up, which is why it’s important to make a habit of it and stay consistent.”
We encourage all PharmGKB users based in the US to get involved at https://med.stanford.edu/covid19/covid-counter.html and spread the word to colleagues, friends and family.