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LA's COVID-19 Response Runs on Data Science

When people ask what’s different about the fight against COVID-19 compared with previous pandemics, one answer is data science. We know more—in real time—about infectious disease transmission, treatment efficacy, and the results of prevention programs than ever before, while mobile platforms inform and engage (most) citizens at an individual level.

In Los Angeles County (population: 10.4 million), a public health campaign crowdsourcing data initiative, Angelenos in Action, launched on July 7. I signed up for this targeted weekly SMS Q&A, which asks questions about health status, tied to a participant’s ZIP code and basic non-identifying demographic data (age, gender, race,

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