Nature Communications (Jun 2021)

Design of COVID-19 staged alert systems to ensure healthcare capacity with minimal closures

  • Haoxiang Yang,
  • Özge Sürer,
  • Daniel Duque,
  • David P. Morton,
  • Bismark Singh,
  • Spencer J. Fox,
  • Remy Pasco,
  • Kelly Pierce,
  • Paul Rathouz,
  • Victoria Valencia,
  • Zhanwei Du,
  • Michael Pignone,
  • Mark E. Escott,
  • Stephen I. Adler,
  • S. Claiborne Johnston,
  • Lauren Ancel Meyers

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 12, no. 1
pp. 1 – 7


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Selection of COVID-19 mitigation measures requires balancing health outcomes with economic impacts. Here, the authors derive a system to set triggers for increasing mitigation measures to preserve healthcare capacity, and describe how it has been used to support public health decision making in Austin, Texas.