What settings are linked to the transmission of SARS-CoV-2?
Early on in the pandemic, a group at LSHTM realised that it would be highly important to understand where exactly transmission of SARS-CoV-2 has occurred. They did a rapid review of open access data on clusters, finding a wealth of reports with varying levels of supporting epidemiology data. Their initial findings highlighted the likely risks of indoor settings and the lack of clusters linked to schools.
They are continuing to gather this data, in collaboration with others who have cluster databases, but are struggling to get a hold on all those that are being reported. Their initial peer-supported database has had a lot of attention – providing evidence to help make decisions about what we should be doing during this pandemic.
To help with this, they’re calling on the LSHTM Alumni community to support this database gathering. They’re looking for people who can devote a few hours a week to search for clusters linked to specific settings (e.g. schools in Israel) and to extract linked data. They’d love to have people from multiple countries to help us get a handle on the local situations.