Understanding the spread of the virus, pinpointing areas of the country worse hit than others, identifying individuals who have the virus and those they have been in contact with are key to slowing the spread of the virus.
The University of Strathclyde is involved in a study that uses patient data to track the progress of the COVID-19 pandemic. The project also tracks the effectiveness of any new treatments or vaccines. By accessing the anonymised electronic health records of at least 1.2 million people across Scotland, experts say it should be possible to form a more complete picture of the impact that COVID-19 is having on people’s health. In analysing the data, it should be possible to see the impact that COVID-19 is having in different parts of Scotland and different age groups, including those categorised as ‘at-risk’.
Scientists from the University of Strathclyde are also among a group of global researchers providing low- and middle-income countries with guidance on selecting and interpreting predictive models for curbing the spread of COVID-19.
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