COVID-19 crisis in India: ‘U’ students, faculty and community members unite to support the fight | #students | #parents

On Saturday alone, more than 400,000 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in one day in India. India’s healthcare system is experiencing severe shortages of hospital beds, oxygen and medication, leaving Indians to turn to social media to request simple supplies. 

Professor of biostatistics Bhramar Mukherjee has been actively involved with modeling COVID-19 metrics since March 2020. Mukherjee predicted on February 27, 2021 that a second wave was coming in India and called for the public and policy makers to continue to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines. Critics say that India was unprepared for this second-wave referencing the lack of supplies and public compliance. 

Mukherjee is one of many in the University of Michigan community expressing support and concern for the deadly situation in India.

Rackham student Maxwell Salvatore was part of the team that built the COV-IND shiny app. The app uses publicly available data and other metrics to make prediction models.

Source: Varsha Vedapudi
Graphic by COV-IND shiny app

Salvatore predicts the peak of the second wave will come in mid-May, at which point there will be 500,000 new cases each day. 

“We think that the actual number of cases might be 10 to 14 times the reported numbers,” Salvatore said. “These numbers are people, and the pictures and videos that are coming out are devastating and calls for the coming together of the global community.”

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