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COVID-19 Insights

As COVID-19 spreads rapidly around the globe, accurate and insightful information is at a premium. This COVID-19-related library provides information and resources developed by our experts to address this continually evolving public health situation across many facets: infectious disease research, data science operations, communications, and a range of additional areas.

Asking the Right Questions: “Stay-at-Home” Orders, Survey Data, and COVID-19
“Stay-at-home” orders are a vital element of combatting COVID-19. But public messaging around “lock down,” “quarantine,” “shelter-in-place,” and “stay-at-home” varies across federal, state, and local agencies as well as the many non-governmental groups and news media focusing on this topic. This lack of clear and consistent messaging makes measuring public behavior difficult but, in his latest blog, Michael Link offers tips for gathering the information health agencies need. Read more

Voucher Plus Activity Saves Mothers’ Lives During COVID-19
USAID’s Abt-led Voucher Plus Activity expands access to quality obstetric, newborn, and postpartum family planning services for poor women by working with the private sector. Abt works with community volunteers in Uganda to sell vouchers for medical care to women. Learn how these volunteers continue to play a significant role in addressing emergency obstetric needs for poor pregnant women during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Keeping America Fed: COVID-19 and Local Food Security
Food security is a daily challenge for millions of Americans, but the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated a myriad of issues for those same people and the stakeholders who work with them. In this episode of the Keeping America Fed podcast miniseries, Deputy Director of Neighbors in Need Lisa Smith and Abt Senior Associate Maria Boyle talk deeper about these issues and how best to identify and implement solutions locally. Read more

But What About Australian Aid in Five Years’ Time?
What will Australia’s foreign aid program look like in five years? Covid-19 will have an impact. It will accelerate promotion of Australia’s self-interest primarily through soft power, projecting the values of tolerance and compassion. Aid funding likely will shrink. The focus will be on the Pacific and Papua New Guinea. Finally, Australia will withdraw from infrastructure and governance and focus on agriculture, education, and health. Read more

Technical Assistance in the Time of COVID
COVID-19 hasn’t just disrupted our lives and the lives of our families, friends, and neighbors. The need for social distancing means the delivery of services such as technical assistance (TA) must adapt to an entirely remote or virtual delivery system. Natalie Matthews offers ideas for how to make the transition in this new blog. Read more

PFAS, COVID-19, and Immune Response: Connecting the Dots
While many questions still remain about the potential impact PFAS exposure can have on the immune system, a review of the existing literature offers some insight into how these chemicals may be exacerbating the effects of COVID. Lauren Brown walks readers through the possible connectionsand suggests some additional areas of inquiryin this op-ed for Bloomberg Environment. Read more

COVID-19’s Impact on Community Supervision
Most of the research attention on COVID-19’s impact on the justice system has focused on jails and prisons. But far more people are in the parole and probation systems. And there’s little research on the pandemic’s effect on the community supervision system. In this white paper, Abt justice experts Holly Swan and Walter Campbell propose research questions to help the system in the current crisis and prepare it for the next one. Read more

A Needed Partner in the Time of COVID
With global shortages in health care personnel and commodities—from personal protection equipment to test kits and ventilators—and breakdowns in supply chains, we’re seeing breakdowns in the provision of preventive care and critical primary health care services. Caroline Quijada has a suggestion for bolstering these critical services even as we combat COVID-19: Ensure we’re leveraging the private sector. Read more

Nursing Homes and Future Pandemics
For over 20 years, the nursing home industry has been implementing a culture change, from the traditional “medical model” to the person-centered care model. As we adapt the latter to incorporate more of the former to address COVID-19, Abt’s Rosanna Bertrand and Teresa Mota discuss the benefits person-centered care offers during a pandemic. Read more

Supporting Jordan’s Fight Against COVID-19
To prepare Jordan for the impact of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health developed a comprehensive approach to planning and managing the pandemic at all levels of the health care system. The Abt-led USAID Health Service Delivery project is contributing by developing case management strategies and virtual training workshops to build the capacity of physicians and nurses to manage the novel coronavirus. Read more

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Read more about Abt’s COVID-19 coverage:

White Papers & Reports

  • Strategies for Contact Tracing COVID-19 (White Paper)
  • The COVID-19 Challenge for Behavioral Health (White Paper)
  • Contact Tracing In Communities of Color: Strategies for the COVID-19 Pandemic (White Paper)
  • Using Telehealth to Serve Medicaid Beneficiaries with Complex Health Needs (White Paper)
  • The Storm after the Calm: The Profound Implications of COVID-19 for U.S. Housing Policy (White Paper)
  • Effective and Innovative Communications Strategies for the COVID-19 Pandemic: How Abt Can Help (White Paper)
  • Conducting Public Policy Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Experts Weigh In (Report)
  • Health Mission Impact: Pandemic Preparedness & Influenza (2020 Impact Report)


  • Opioid Use Disorder, COVID-19, and HIV: Q&A with Leigh Mathias (link)
  • 15 Curated COVID-19 Content and Data Hubs (link)
  • Can We Understand COVID-19 Fast Enough – And Well Enough – To Make a Difference? (link)
  • Pandemic Response: Keeping the Data Flowing via Virtual Call Centers (link)
  • Gender and COVID-19: Could coronavirus undo progress on Australia’s gains in ending violence against women and girls? (link)
  • Education in a Pandemic: Five Messages That Australia’s Aid Program Could Consider Now (link)
  • Coronavirus: The End of Sexist Economics? (link)
  • Unpacking a Complicated Problem: Safely Changing Jails and Prisons during the COVID-19 Pandemic (link)
  • The Unanticipated Risks of Sheltering in Place (link)
  • Using Data Science to Analyze 50,000 Articles in Two Weeks (link)
  • Why Public Health Can’t Shelter in Place to Address Stimulant Use (link)
  • Building a Global Community Resilient to COVID and Future Pandemics (link)
  • From Policing to Reentry: The Implications of COVID-19 for the Entire Criminal Justice System (link)
  • COVID-19 is Disrupting Food Waste Programs: What Does this Mean for Methane Emissions? (link)
  • With COVID-19, Understanding the Evidence on Supporting Reentry Employment Is Essential (link)
  • The Worry of Governance: Coronavirus and Emergency Politics (link)
  • Using Flu Research Infrastructure to Understand COVID-19 (link)
  • How Can We Collect Critical Data During the COVID-19 Pandemic? (link)
  • COVID-19 Data Visualizations - Data, Infographics, Dashboards, and Models (link)
  • Lessons We Learned from Previous Pandemics (link)


  • HIV and COVID: Maintaining Progress During the Pandemic (link)
  • Responding to COVID-19: U.S., International, and What’s Next (link)
  • COVID-19 and the Future of Telehealth (link)
  • Flu. Coronavirus. Data. Could Analytics Change the Trajectory of a Pandemic? (link)

Projects, Feature Stories & News

  • COVID Assessment Tracking Tool (link)
  • Abt’s Ask an Expert Video Series (link)
  • USAID’s LHSS Project Supports COVID-19 Efforts in Laos (Feature Story)
  • Abt Helps Senegal Map the COVID-19 Pandemic (Feature Story)
  • Evidence to Support Emergency Remote Teaching in Higher Ed (Feature Story)
  • Expanding Housing Choice Vouchers Would Strengthen the Safety Net (Op-ed)
  • Helping Kids with Complex Needs During a Pandemic (In The News)
  • Infectious Diseases Impact Healthcare Workers (Project)
  • Fighting Malaria in the Age of COVID-19 (Feature Story)
  • Coordinating the COVID-19 Response with Homeless Service Providers (Feature Story)
  • COVID-19: What Abt is Doing (Feature Story)
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