Note: Detailed model scenario descriptions can be found below the graph or on the Technical Notes tab.
Covid Act Now provides statewide and county-level estimates of R-effective, taking mortality and confirmed cases as inputs. Because of potential reporting delays and errors in the data, they perform smoothing, and require 10 preceding days of data. County-level estimates on the "Nowcasts" tab show average R-effective for the last seven (7) days.Raw data
Epi Forecasts provides national and state-level estimates of R-effective, taking the number of cases as an input. It accounts for the delay from infection to onset of symptoms.Raw data
Covidestim calculates state-level effective reproductive numbers, taking cases, deaths and test positivity rates as inputs. It has corrections to account for lags in diagnosis, disease duration and mortality risk.Code repository
LEMMA is an open-source SEIR model with compartments for hospitalization and symptom severity. The model is calibrated to hospitalization, ICU, and death data using Bayesian methods. LEMMA provides credibility intervals and scenarios for future hospitalization, ICU, deaths, and R_t. Users can download the LEMMA package and input their own data and priors for parameters using R or a simple Excel interface.Raw data
The UCSF model estimates time-varying reproduction numbers (R_t, or R-effective), the average number of cases infected by a given case over the course of that individual’s disease progression, for select Bay Area and California counties/regions. Model inputs are publically available daily counts of COVID-19 cases, archived by the New York Times. The UCSF researchers use the Wallinga-Teunis technique of real-time estimation of reproduction numbers.Raw data
To obtain the Rt estimate, the Harvard Xihong Lin Group uses the EpiEstim method (Cori, A., et al., 2013; Thompson, R.N., et al., 2019) to estimate the daily Rt value, as implemented in the EpiEstim R package. The EpiEstim method requires the following inputs: daily positive increase in cases (source used is JHU-CSSE), the time window of daily positive increase in cases to be averaged (7-day window is used), and the serial interval (used a mean of 5.2 days and a SD of 5.1 days).Raw data
The CovidActNow model is a SEIR model with compartments for disease severity and medical intervention. Each county and state is calibrated separately, and R-effective is inferred using observed data.Raw data
IHME is a multi-stage model, where the first stage fits an S-curve to historical daily deaths data, and the second stage is an SEIR compartment model. The SEIR model's R-effective is calibrated using the output of the first stage, but it also incorporates temperature data, population density, local testing capacity, and changes in mobility data. IHME provides projections of mortality, number of infections, and hospital utilization at the state and national level.Raw data
The Global Epidemic and Mobility Model (GLEAM) uses a individual-based, stochastic spatial epidemic model. The model uses mobility data and travel patterns to simulate spatial contact patterns. The likely ranges of basic parameters, such as R0 and IFR, are inferred from observed data.Raw data
MIT DELPHI is a standard SEIR model with compartments for undetected cases and hospitalizations. R-effective is modeled as an S-curve to reflect government interventions and social distancing.Raw data
The Reich Lab at the UMass-Amherst is an Influenza Forecasting Center of Excellence and the source for the official CDC COVID-19 Forecasting page. Taking other forecasts as the input, this is arithmetic average across eligible models of cumulative deaths forecasts. Forecasts are weekly out to four (4) weeks, at the state and national level.Raw data
The COVID Scenario Pipeline is a county-level metapopulation model that incorporates commuting patterns and stochastic SEIR disease dynamics. To produce long-term planning scenarios, the model is calibrated to weekly county-level incident cases and deaths as reported by USAFacts using a novel Bayesian inference algorithm. The model projects into the future by making assumptions about the effectiveness of scenarios in different interventions, using fixed time delays from infection to case confirmation, hospitalization, and death, and location-specific risks of hospitalization, ICU admission, and death. The estimates reported by this model incorporate uncertainty in baseline R0, the duration of the infectious period, the effectiveness of statewide intervention policies, and process stochasticity.Code Repository
LEMMA is an open-source SEIR model with compartments for hospitalization and symptom severity. The model is calibrated to hospitalization, ICU and death data using Bayesian methods. LEMMA provides credibility intervals and scenarios for future hospitalization, ICU, deaths and Rt. Users can download the LEMMA package and input their own data and priors for parameters using R or a simple Excel interface.Raw data
SC-COSMO-Lightweight is a new, short-term forecasting model. For each county, it starts with daily incident detected cases and uses General Additive Model smoothing to remove day-of-the-week reporting variation. It then estimates daily R-effective values based on the smoothed time-series of detected cases employing methods by described Wallinga and Teunis (2004). R-effective is then extrapolated for the desired forecasting period by considering its current level and how long it has been above 1.0 as well as considering the duration of time spent above 1.0 from previous outbreak periods. Forecasts of incident detected cases are then generated based on: 1) the smoothed incident detected case series; 2) the R-effective estimates/extrapolations; and 3) the Covid-19 serial interval. Finally, prevalent hospitalizations are generated by calibrating the time-varying probability of each incident case being hospitalized to county-level Covid-19 hospital census data, using our prior hospitalization module with length of stay distributions derived from data reported for California hospital systems (www.sc-cosmo.org). With the extrapolated incident case series and extrapolation of the probability of hospitalization for each case and length of stay distribution, prevalent Covid-19 hospitalization prevalence is then extrapolated.
The Columbia model projects nationwide, county-level estimates of R-effective, daily new confirmed case, daily new infection (both reported and unreported), cumulative demand of hospital beds, ICU, and ventilators, as well as daily mortality (2.5, 25, 50, 75 and 97.5 percentiles). County-level case and death data are compiled from Johns Hopkins University and USAFACTS.Raw data
CovidNearTerm is a bootstrap-based method based on an autoregressive model to estimate at the county level the expected number of COVID-19 patients that will hospitalized 2-4 weeks into the future. It is based on the work of researchers at UCSF (Adam Olshen), Stanford (Kristopher Kapphahn, Ariadna Garcia, Isabel Wang and Manisha Desai) and Memorial Sloan-Kettering (Mithat Gonen).Raw data
Model forecasts are the result of utilizing the forecast package's automatic ARIMA forecasting model. Note that the form of the model may vary between counties and over subsequent published forecasts.Modeling methods
Google Cloud’s COVID-19 Public Forecasts provide data on the estimated spread of COVID-19 throughout the United States. The forecasts predict projected death toll, confirmed case counts, hospitalizations, and other important values for tracking and projecting the spread of COVID-19. The forecasts predict data for 28 days, on a state and county level. The model expands upon the SEIR model, which assigns each individual in the population to a “compartment” based on their disease state. The model uses machine learning to estimate how quickly individuals transition between compartments based on historical data and taking into account other relevant factors (“covariates”) that influence the transition rates.Raw state data
Childhood vaccination assumes that among 5-11 years old is approved and immunization begins on Nov 1. Each state's uptake rate reflects the percent coverage increases observed for 12-17 years olds since distribution began an May 13. No childhood vaccination assumes no vaccination for children under 12 years old.
New variant assumes that a more transmissible variant emerges, comprising 1% of circulating viruses on Nov 15. The new variant is 1.5X as transmissible as viruses circulating at the beginning of the projection period. No variant assumes the same mix of variants circulate throughout the projection period. No change in virus transmissibility
LEMMA provides scenarios to depict how waning immunity might affect disease trajectories in the upcoming winter, as well as the need for boosters.
Boosters Outweigh Waning Immunity assumes vaccine efficacy against infection increases 20% while vaccine efficacy against severe disease remains stable. Boosters Balance Waning Immunity assumes vaccine efficacy against infection & severe disease both remain stable. Waning Immunity Outweighs Boosters assumes vaccine efficacy against infection decreases 30% while vaccine efficacy against severe disease decreases 3%.
Low Contact Rate (Low Spread) assumes a 10% increase in effective contact rate over 60 day period starting Nov. 1. Mid Contact Rate (Mid Spread) assumes a 25% increase in effective contact rate over 60 day period starting Nov. 1. High Contact Rate (High Spread) assumes a 50% increase in effective contact rate over 60 day period starting Nov. 1. Very High Contact Rate (Very High Spread) assumes a 100% increase in effective contact rate over 60 day period starting Nov. 1.
All LEMMA scenarios assume the following:
LEMMA is an open-source SEIR model with compartments for hospitalization and symptom severity. The model is calibrated to hospitalization, ICU and death data using Bayesian methods. LEMMA provides credibility intervals and scenarios for future hospitalization, ICU, deaths and Rt. Users can download the LEMMA package and input their own data and priors for parameters using R or a simple Excel interface.