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Data science and its role with covid-19

Employment for computer and information research scientists is “projected to grow 16% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations,” according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This projection needs to be revisited and revised after the pandemic, as the crisis affects all sectors with its domino effects.

However, the pandemic also appears to spawn new opportunities for data scientists.

“Data science can already provide ongoing, accurate estimates of health system demand, which is a requirement in almost all reopening plans,” reports the Brookings Institute in a recent article. “We need to go beyond that to a dynamic approach of data collection, analysis and forecasting to inform policy decisions in real time and iteratively optimize public health recommendations for reopening” (“How data science can ease the COVID-19 pandemic,” April 27, 2020).

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