Data has been such a valuable commodity during the pandemic. But at times it’s been in short supply, as U.S. government agencies haven’t always undertaken national data collection efforts. So what happens when individual citizens try to collect data themselves? We talk to Brown University professor Emily Oster, who developed the national COVID-19 School Response Dashboard, to find out what she’s learned about COVID-19 in schools, the implications of volunteers developing their own public health trackers and how she thinks the incoming Biden administration will approach pandemic data collection. Oster is also a best-selling author, known for her pregnancy and parenting books “Cribsheet” and “Expecting Better.”
Anna Rothschild is FiveThirtyEight’s senior producer for video. @Anna_Rothschild
Sinduja Srinivasan is PODCAST-19’s producer.