Usha Govindarajulu- A biostatistician's encounter with COVID-19 in New York City-20200605 1500-1
From Jun Yan
In this presentation, I will discuss how working at a major New York City hospital system in the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic has changed my life forever. Around late March, I was pulled into COVID research for the hospital like I have never seen before. Suddenly being redeployed to work with a team of people who I had never met, who were also redeployed was a new challenge as well as keeping up with the daily download of updated data and analysis requests from infectious disease specialists to anesthesiologists. Dealing with real-time data analysis suddenly became the new normal. Handling messy data and constantly changing focus have been issues throughout. The challenge became being able to make meaning from all of this observational data. We certainly had more than enough patients but we needed to make correct interpretations of the messy and potentially biased data with meaningful statistical methods. Meanwhile there was institutional pressure to get the results fast. The pressure is still there and it is real as people are racing to find a cure for this horrible virus. Please hear how I have tried to manage during this crisis with making meaningful results out of data driven, time sensitive analyses.