Learning Locally to Understand Globally: Getting a Grasp on COVID Epidemiology

Isabel FulcherWith cases still climbing in many parts of the world, the need to understand the epidemiological factors that underlie the transmission, behavior, and prevention of COVID-19 has become increasingly important. Megan Murray, the Ronda Stryker and William Johnston Professor of Global Health at Harvard Medical School is leading teams of researchers to examine some of these factors in contexts such as Rwanda where case numbers have stayed low, and areas such as Peru with some of the highest COVID-19 mortality rates in the world.  To elucidate why the virus has been so lethal in Lima, Peru, Biostats alum Isabel Fulcher PhD ’18, currently a postdoctoral fellow in the HMS Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and the Harvard Data Science Initiative, will work with the Peruvian community health organization Socios En Salud to develop a better understanding of viral behavior in the Peruvian context.  To learn more about this and other endeavors led by HMS and HSPH faculty, check out the most recent HMS newsletter on the next wave of COVID-related research.