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Get Ongoing Updates about COVID-19 from Our Experts' Research

As part of our vision is to address the world's most critical problems with science-based solutions, our researchers are focusing on providing data and insight into COVID-19, a disease caused by a novel coronavirus.

Researchers at RTI International have been working to understand the global spread of COVID-19 and to provide data about the public’s understanding of the disease. A recent survey of the U.S. public could be used to inform what information should be provided to help citizens and public health officials make guided decisions.

In addition, one of our infectious disease epidemiologists, Pia MacDonald, shared her insights on the global implications of the virus, comparing the COVID-19 situation to other outbreaks in history and addressing the public health system’s ability to manage the situation. 

RTI is also adapting a model that tracks detailed information about patient movement among acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, and the community can be used to prevent transmission of COVID-19 in health care facilities. We originally developed the model to help public health officials to identify potential high-risk areas within health care networks that contribute to the spread of health care-associated infections.

We have collected the work of our researchers around COVID-19 as a centralized resource and will update as new work is completed and additional insights are developed.

WRAL Interviews RTI Epidemiologist Pia MacDonald about COVID-19 Lockdowns

WRAL News in Raleigh-Durham, NC, inteviewed Pia MacDonald, MPH, PhD, Senior Director of Applied Public Health Research at RTI, to discuss whether shelter-in-place strategies are needed to limit the spread of COVID-19.

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Interview with RTI's Brian Southwell

RTI's Program Director for Science in the Public Sphere, Brian Southwell, PhD, joined iHeart Media to discuss the topic of misinformation and how it applies to COVID-19. 

Interview with RTI's Pia MacDonald

iHeart Media interviewed Pia MacDonald, MPH, PhD, about the history of coronavirus. Dr. MacDonald is the Senior Director of Applied Public Health Research at RTI.

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