Understanding COVID-19

There is so much information swirling about the COVID-19 pandemic. CHI is working to help you understand the current research landscape.

The use of Big Data is an important resource in our efforts of tracking the flow of the pandemic in Alberta and supporting modelling efforts. It’s becoming increasingly clear that our ability to generate, record, and analyze data is an essential part of our pandemic response. 

Click on the articles, podcasts and webinars below to better understand how we are working to bring clarity to public policies and the numbers that influence them. CHI is helping you stay in the know!

Featured Stories


CTV News

CTV News: How Alberta's COVID-19 numbers compare to the rest of Canada

October 21, 2020

Are you overwhelmed by the province's COVID-19 numbers being reported every day? All this data can be difficult to interpret when assessing the how the pandemic is affecting Albertans.

CTV spoke with Dr. Tyler Williamson, Associate Director of CHI, and Dr. Craig Jenne, a microbiologist and immunologist with Cumming School of Medicine, who highlight the importance of looking at the data as a whole. Get the scoop on how to sort through all the metrics and identify the key indicators to watch in order to properly interpret the COVID-19 conditions in the province.


University of Calgary

UToday: Six months of data-based decision-making key to City of Calgary’s pandemic response

September 24, 2020

UToday featured the progress made by the University of Calgary's COVID-19 Task Force and the impact these efforts have made on the community. From tracking data to influencing province-wide preventative measures, Alberta has gathered world-renowned data experts to support the community during these uncertain times. 


Crohn's and Colitis Canada

Crohn's and Colitis Canada: COVID-19 and IBD

April 16, 2020

Crohn's and Colitis Canada hosts weekly webinars revolving around the current COVID-19 environment and how that pertains to those living with IBD. Dr. Tyler Williamson joined a panel of expert panel members to help describe what goes into modelling the evolving pandemic and how to prepare for the future.


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CBC LISTEN: When will the Corona Virus in Alberta End?

April 6, 2020

Dr. Tyler Williamson spoke to Mark Connelly on Edmonton AM and David Grey on Calgary Eyeopener about the developing pandemic. He offers insight into how data and analytics are helping to observe and learn about the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta.


Afternoons with Rob Breakenridge

Global News: Afternoons with Rob Breakenridge

April 4, 2020

Rob Breakenridge hosts a podcast in collaboration with Global News Calgary where he offers a unique perspective on the most talked-about stories of the day. In this weeks episode, Rob explains how COVID-19 models can be misinterpreted as definite outcome predictions when really they should be used as guidelines. Dr. Tyler Williamson joins the conversation to explain how analysis and modelling will only get better with more time and data.


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Calgary Herald: COVID-19: Modelling says Alberta's trajectory similar to France, Spain

March 31, 2020

Our Associate Director, Dr. Tyler Williamson, spoke with the Calgary Herald about how we have entered uncharted territory due to the shear scale of this global pandemic. Modelling can be useful but the spread on the pandemic in Alberta is still in it's infancy and models are just best estimates based on a multitude of current factors. To read more on Alberta's trajectory, click below.


UCalgary Webinar Series

COVID-19 Webinar: Anatomy of a Pandemic

March 27, 2020

The O'Brien Institute for Public Health has created a webinar series to cover topics surrounding the development of the pandemic with the help of top researchers and experts. Dr. Nishan Sharma and Dr. Tyler Williamson lead the conversation on the research efforts put forth by the University of Calgary's COVID-19 Task Force. Dr. Williamson presents the newly launched COVID-19 Tracker webpage which highlights Alberta's situation and how that compares to a national and international scope. Dr. Sharma touches on the types of interventions being used in other countries and how analyzing how we might use their outcomes to model Alberta's response.