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COVID-19 Pandemic

The Covid-19 Pandemic intersects and relates to several of our research priorities, especially global health, policy-related evidence, health inequites and determinants, migration, and infectious disease epidemiology.

As such, the department seeks to contribute to knowledge in these diverse, but interrelated fields. We are interested in national and supranational governance aspects of the pandemic, examining reciprocal relationships between inequality and spread or management of Covid-19, vulnerabilities towards the virus and pandemic policy responses, and methods to monitor the Covid-19 epidemic to support containment and mitigation strategies.



Covid19 Pandemic Policy Monitor

The Covid19 Pandemic Policy Monitor (Covid19-PPM) is building a database on various containment measures taken and their temporal sequence on national, state and/or district level in the EU27, the EEA and the UK. The resulting database will allow to track and analyse the effect of different measures taken in reducing the slope of the epidemiological curve of COVID-19, while controlling for other relevant factors across countries. In doing so, the research will examine the effectiveness in reducing the rise in incidence depending on the timing and combinations of interventions taken.

Covid19-PPM is collaborating with Covid19 Health System Response Monitor (HSRM) of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. More..

Covid19 Small-area Monitor

Timely and regional data is essential to monitor the dynamics of the Covid-19 epidemiology, and such data will be even more important in the aftermath of the first wave of the pandemic when lock-down measures are removed or relaxed. Existing approaches at small-area level monitor daily incident cases, incident deaths, or cumulative incidence or mortality per population. Such measures of disease frequency, however, provide only limited information on regional risks. More sophisticated measures, such as reproduction rates come along with a time-lag and are not available at small-area level.

We use daily data of Robert Koch-Institute to calculate standardised incidence ratios (SIR) and mortality ratios (SMR) at small-area district level to provide a measure of observed versus expected cases given the underlying age- and sex- structure of the district population. We further model district-level risk using spatial epidemiology methods. Go to tool and more information.

Rapid Review Response Unit (RRRUn)for Population Health Action and Evidence-Informed Policy

The unit aims to produce timely best-available evidence on population health determinants, risks, or interventions to inform societal action or policy making in situations which require a scientific basis for decision making. At the moment, the RRRUn aligns its work completely with the Competence Network Public Health Covid-19 to facilitate generation of evidence for decision making in the scope of the pandemic.

Individuals, health organisations, public health services, and policy makers may suggest topics to be considered for a rapid review under the RRRUn. More..

Lancet Migration - Migration and Covid-19 Working Group

As the world responds to the unprecedented global public health emergency of the Covid-19 pandemic migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, who are often excluded from health systems and living in informal contexts, or in detention/reception centres, face much greater challenges.

As part of the Lancet Migration network and the ‘Migration and Covid-19 Working Group’ we contribute to the discussion across regions on this topic; collate academic resources on the topic; and produce and disseminate relevant expert public health evidence around migration and Covid19. More..


Zu Aktuelles aus der Fakultät

Aktuelles aus der AG 2

16. September 2020
Neuer Beitrag von Prof. Bozorgmehr und Kollegen in dem Buch "Migration in West and North Africa and across the Mediterranean: trends, risks, development and governance" :
Health information management in the context of forced migration in Europe"

31. August 2020
Artikel in POLITICO mit Beiträgen von Prof. Bozorgmehr:
Germany eyes global health ambitions as US steps back"

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15. Juni 2020
Artikel im Spiegel mit Beiträgen von Prof. Bozorgmehr:
So leicht hat es das Virus in Flüchtlingsheimen"

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12. Juni 2020
Artikel in dem Deutschen Ärzteblatt mit Beiträgen von Prof. Bozorgmehr und Kollegen:
"Plötzlich ein Corona-Hotspot"

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29. Mai 2020
Neue Publikation von Prof. Bozorgmehr mit Prof. Razum (AG3), Amir Mohsenpour und weiteren im Rahmen des Kompetenznetz Public Health Covid-19 erschienen:
SARS‐CoV‐2 in Aufnahmeeinrichtungen und Gemeinschaftsunterkünften für Geflüchtete : Epidemiologische und normativ‐rechtliche Aspekte
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28. Mai 2020
Neue Publikation von Prof. Bozorgmehr und weiteren Kollegen in Frontiers in Psychiatry erschienen:
Predictors of Asylum Seekers’ Health Care Utilization in the Early Phase of Resettlement
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04. Mai 2020
Neue Publikation von Prof. Razum (AG3), Verena Penning (AG3), Amir Mohsenpour und Prof. Bozorgmehr in Das Gesundheitswesen erschienen:
Covid-19 in Flüchtlingsunterkünften: ÖGD jetzt weiter stärken

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01. Mai 2020
Start des Covid19-Small Area Monitors (Covid19-SAM):
Neues Instrument der AG2 zur zeitnahen und kleinräumigen Beobachtung der aktuellen Covid19 Pandemie.

Zum Covid19-SAM

03. April 2020
Kommentar von Prof. Bozorgmehr, Victoria Saint und Prof. Kaasch (Soziologie) in The Lancet Public Health erschienen:
COVID and the convergence of three crises in Europe

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11. März 2020
Neue Publikation von Prof. Bozorgmehr und Prof. Razum (A8):
Lost in Ambiguity: Facilitating Access or Upholding Barriers to Health Care for Asylum Seekers in Germany?

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02. März 2020
Neues Buch mit Beiträgen von Prof. Bozorgmehr, Prof. Razum und Kollegen der Universität Heidelberg und der London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine:
Health Policy and Systems Responses to Forced Migration Mehr
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 10. Februar 2020
Artikel in der Welt mit Beiträgen von Prof. Bozorgmehr und Kollegen:
Wie Wohlstand in Entwicklungsländern zur Krebsfalle wird"
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03. Februar 2020
Zuwachs in der AG 2: Mit Februarbeginn freuen wir uns, nun auch Frau Judith Wenner (MSc) im Team willkommen zu heißen.

15. Januar 2020
Zuwachs in der AG 2: Wir freuen uns Herrn Diogo Costa  (PhD) im Team willkommen zu heißen. 

06. Januar 2020
Neues Publikation zu ambulant-sensitiven Krankenhausfällen bei Geflüchteten in "BMJ Open" erschienen:
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