Mass. General Hospital Builds COVID-19 Simulator To Help Predict Impact of Policy Decisions

April 30, 2020

Gov. Charlie Baker says this week he will begin discussing when non-essential businesses may begin reopening across the state. In his press conference on Saturday, Baker said rules for reopening need to be put in place, and that Massachusetts needs to see a reduction of infection and hospitalizations over a significant period of time.

To help with the state's decision regarding when and how to take action, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a COVID-19 simulator that they say can predict future infections, hospitalizations, and deaths.

WBUR's Sharon Brody spoke with Jagpreet Chhatwal, lead investigator and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School about the new COVID-19 model. Chhatwal warns that the model indicates an easing of restrictions in Massachusetts would not be safe before the end of June.