The Fierce Urgency Of Now: Closing Glaring Gaps In U.S. Surveillance Data On COVID-19

This article describes gaps in the data on COVID-19 that threaten our public health response, and calls for the rapid adoption of a uniform short digital form for COVID-19 testing and surveillance.

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Disease Tracking and Surveillance

Disease surveillance helps us detect disease cases, understand burden of disease and risk factors, provide the basis for timely and informed decision-making, guide control measures, and monitor impacts. Since the onset of COVID-19, surveillance efforts have worked to provide real-time tracking and forecast data, despite challenges with diagnostic capacity, case reporting, insufficient contact tracing, and fragmented data systems. COVID-19 has highlighted the need to invest in modern data systems, expand and skill up the workforce, and ensure data reporting and interpretation retain high ethical and epidemiological standards.