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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.

Equity and Catastrophe: How Can Resilience Programs Support Vulnerable Populations?
On a day-to-day basis, vulnerable populations suffer from inequities in health, wealth, and education. These same people are then disproportionately impacted by catastrophes ranging from hurricanes to COVID-19, which only serve to underline the great and urgent need for equity across race, gender, and income. In this episode of The Intersect, Madeline Colety and Lorine Giangola discuss how Abt’s housing and resilience work is helping clients promote equity. Read more

Tracking COVID-19 in High-Risk Workers
CDC needs timely information on COVID-19 illness among healthcare personnel, first responders and frontline workers to inform CDC policy decisions. Since this population is among the first to receive a vaccine, CDC is also evaluating COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness. Abt is studying approximately 3,500 people in this highly exposed cohort by adapted our existing infrastructures, study protocols, and tools to conduct surveillance activities to assess risk and characterize disease epidemiology of COVID-19. Read more

Tracking COVID-19 in Pregnant Women and Infants
Pregnant women may be more vulnerable than the general population to respiratory infections and severe respiratory complications from COVID-19. Abt is using an existing network of sites and protocols from CDC Pandemic Flu and Global Flu contracts to study COVID-19 in pregnant women, in particular potential effects on birth outcomes, to guide the public. Read more

COVID-19 Study of Hospitalized Older Adults
Older adults are at high risk for contracting novel coronavirus and for developing severe illnesses if infected. To inform CDC policy, Abt will gather data on medical care for hospitalized patients 50 or older in rural health care systems. Abt also will compare health outcomes for hospitalized patients who test negative for COVID-19 with those who test positive. Read more

Study of COVID-19 in Retirement Communities
Older adults are among those with the highest risk for medically attended COVID-19. CDC needs more information about risk factors and clinical epidemiology of COVID-19 among older adults. Abt will provide active surveillance for retirees in independent living homes and assisted living facilities to capture symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 cases. The goals are to estimate infection incidence and establish kinetics of immunity. Read more

COVID-19 Study of Households
CDC needs data on how common COVID-19 is in communities and how the virus spreads in households. Abt will adapt methodologies from influenza pandemic preparedness studies to assess COVID-19’s epidemiological and clinical characteristics. They include incidence, risk of transmission and infection, illness progression, severity, modifying behaviors, and serum biomarkers. Abt also will confirm receipt of COVID-19 vaccine and collect post-vaccination sera from household members. Read more

Potential Health Benefits of Sustained Air Quality Improvements in New York City
This study finds that New York City’s two-month shutdown during COVID-19—while undeniably painful—could point the way toward saving thousands of lives through improved air quality, generating billions of dollars in related economic benefits in the process. Neighborhoods with higher percentages of low-income residents or higher percentages of Black or Latinx residents likely would benefit more from the reduced particulate matter concentrations. Read more

Which Nursing Homes Are at Risk of COVID-19?
How can a predictive model help target interventions for nursing homes? The impact of COVID-19 has been particularly significant in nursing homes due to the age of the residents, many of whom have pre-existing conditions that are likely to exacerbate the most severe symptoms. In this brief white paper, Abt explains how our predictive model can determine which nursing homes at risk, with 91 percent accuracy.  Powered by data science, the tool can help ensure that nursing homes have the resources and training needed to prevent COVID-19. Read more

COVID-19. Flu Season. How Are We Responding?
As COVID-19 cases spike and the U.S. and other countries brace for flu season, Abt’s Danielle Hunt and James White take a look around the globe to see how we’re preparing. Learn about the groundwork we’ve laid for an evolving pandemic response, and what it means for the future in the latest episode of The Intersect podcast. Listen here

Answering the Call: Helping Field 5,000 COVID-19 Questions a Day in Laos
To help the government of Laos address the spread of COVID-19, USAID’s Abt-led Local Health System Sustainability Project bolstered the country’s health hotline. Learn how Abt trained medical students to address patients’ needs, and then devised an automated voice response system to improve efficiency and address language barriers within the country. Read more

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Read more about Abt’s COVID-19 coverage:

White Papers & Reports

  • COVID-19: Why We Must Address Long-Term Behavioral Health Needs (White Paper)
  • U.S. Food Insecurity in the Pandemic (White Paper)
  • HIT-COVID, a global database tracking public health interventions to COVID-19 (Article)
  • Public-private Contracting to Support the COVID-19 Response (White Paper)
  • COVID-19’s Impact on Community Supervision (White Paper)
  • 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)


  • The Impact of COVID-19 on Youth Mental Health: An Interview with Leigh Fischer (link)
  • Four Strategies to Improve Mental Health During COVID-19 (link)
  • Predicting the Future: COVID-19 and Contraceptive Supplies (link)
  • SBCC Digital Strategies in the Age of Social Distancing … and Beyond (link)
  • Is America Drinking Its Way Through COVID-19? (link)
  • Asking the Right Questions: “Stay-at-Home” Orders, Survey Data, and COVID-19 (link)
  • But What About Australian Aid in Five Years’ Time? (link)
  • Technical Assistance in the Time of COVID (link)
  • A Needed Partner in the Time of COVID (link)
  • Nursing Homes and Future Pandemics (link)
  • 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)


  • Keeping America Fed: Food Security and Nutrition Post-COVID (link)
  • Keeping America Fed: COVID-19 and National Food Security (link)
  • Back to School? COVID-19’s Impacts on Students, Families, and Educators (link)
  • Keeping America Fed: COVID-19 and Local Food Security (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

  • When a Pandemic is Not the Only Public Health Crisis (In The News)
  • Building Lab Skills in Tajikistan for COVID-19 and Beyond (Feature Story)
  • Abt Insights: CDC COVID-19 Research Studies (Digital Insight)
  • Handwashing fights COVID-19 in Bangladesh (Feature Story)
  • Involving Private Providers in the COVID-19 Response in Senegal (Feature Story)
  • The Impact of COVID-19 on Children, Families and ECE Providers (News Release)
  • Voucher Plus Activity Saves Mothers’ Lives During COVID-19 (Feature Story)
  • PFAS, COVID-19, and Immune Response: Connecting the Dots (Bloomberg Law)
  • Supporting Jordan’s Fight Against COVID-19 (Feature Story)
  • 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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