Show me the data! What numbers mean to COVID-19 communications


Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, recommendations and guidance from CDC have changed based on new data from a variety of qualitative and quantitative sources. During the webinar, CDC experts will discuss the science to keep people safe during public health emergencies, including COVID-19. You’ll hear more about how CDC evaluates data to give updated recommendations, the sources of the data, and how health equity fits into the framework of an emergency response. You’ll also learn more about where we are in the COVID-19 pandemic, including COVID-19 Community Levels.

The webinar will feature discussions with:

    • John T. Brooks, MD – Following the science
    • Brian King, PhD, MPH – How CDC monitors data/COVID-19 Community Levels
    • Matthew Ritchey, PT, DPT, MPH – Quantitative data
    • Anisha Verma, MPH – Qualitative data/insights

CDC encourages everyone who uses data to make recommendations in emergency communications to attend. This includes community leaders, public health workers, and emergency responders. Due to technical difficulties the ASL interpreter was not captured during this live recording.


  • John T. Brooks, MD
  • Brian King, PhD, MPH
  • Matthew Ritchey, PT, DPT, MPH
  • Anisha Verma, MPH

Call Materials

View Slides [PDF – 4 MB]
View Transcript [DOC – 178 KB]
View Resources [DOC – 27 KB]

Webinar Video Clips

  1. The Scientific Method
  2. Communicating about Data-driven Scientific Recommendations
  3. Where are we in the COVID-19 pandemic?
  4. Protecting People at High Risk from Severe COVID-19
  5. Explaining COVID-19 Community Levels
  6. Why are there differences in the data that CDC analyzes?
  7. Taking Action against COVID-19 Misinformation with Vaccine Insights Report
  8. COVID-19, People with Disabilities, and the Data
  9. How CDC gets and compares data from the states
  10. Are COVID-19 transmission levels being downplayed?
  11. How can you have accurate data when you’re not getting reports from self-testing?
Webinar Details

When: Wednesday April 27, 2022, 2-3 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Webinar Link:

Dial In: US: +1 669 254 5252 or +1 646 828 7666 or +1 669 216 1590 or +1 551 285 1373

International numbers available:

Or One tap mobile: US: +16692545252,,1608022803# or +16468287666,,1608022803#

Webinar ID: 160 802 2803

Webinar participants and viewers will accomplish the following:

  • Describe CDC’s role in the topic covered during the presentation.
  • Describe the topic’s implications for respective constituents.
  • Discuss concerns and issues related to preparedness for and response to urgent public health threats.
  • Identify reliable information resources for the topic.
  • Describe how to promote health improvement, wellness, and disease prevention.
  • Webinar/Audio conference call on 04/27/2022: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Materials: PowerPoint slide set (see Call Materials)

None at this time

CEU:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEU’s for this program.

CECH: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 1 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are 0. CDC provider number 98614.

For Certified Public Health Professionals (CPH)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a pre-approved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) recertification credits and is authorized to offer 1 CPH recertification credits for this program.

DISCLOSURE:  In compliance with continuing education requirements, all presenters must disclose any financial or other associations with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or product(s) under investigational use.

CDC, our planners, presenters, and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters. Planners have reviewed content to ensure there is no bias.

Content will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.

CDC did not accept commercial support for this continuing education activity.

Page last reviewed: October 19, 2020