Late Lunch Talk: Exploring the relative importance of environmental, demographic, and socioeconomic factors in global variation of COVID-19 transmission

Late Lunch Talk by Yihan Cao

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Yihan Cao


Prior research has attempted to recognize certain elements affecting the spread of COVID-19, including environmental variables (e.g., temperature, humidity), demographic factors (e.g., the age structure of the population), and socioeconomic factors (e.g., GDP, mobility habits, and government responses). This work is, in contrast, trying to unravel the relative weights of these groups of factors, if recognized as statistically significant, in determining the variation in confirmed cases at a global scale, with stochastic and auto-regressive factors accounted for.

Since we have seen that some SARS-CoV-2 strains are more popular in one country than other, another research idea is to explore how these factors affect the variation in the distribution of SARS-CoV-2 variants at a global panel.

In this talk, I will present you the overall research questions, the challenges in data collection, statistical methodology that I am using, and very preliminary results that I have at the moment.


Yihan Cao


This talk will be available on Zoom. The zoom link will be shared through the CEES seminar mailing list. Contact Tore Wallem if you would like to be forwarded the invitation e-mail.

Published Apr. 14, 2021 9:28 PM - Last modified Apr. 14, 2021 9:28 PM