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Giving policymakers insights on the public reaction to regulatory milestones

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Several weeks ago, Google released a compelling ad, “Get back to what you love,” promoting post-pandemic searches and sending a subtle message about the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Google searches can be a useful near real-time indicator of public interest during a pandemic. We at Surgo have consequently been monitoring Google search trends for insights about how Google can be a beacon for federal and state pandemic response, especially regarding COVID-19 vaccine deployment and uptake.


Investigating how Americans responded to the socioeconomic uncertainties of COVID-19

A person conducts a Google search on a laptop
A person conducts a Google search on a laptop
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Since the beginning of 2020, there’s been extensive reporting on how the COVID-19 pandemic has upended life in the US. Understanding how Americans have responded is important to shape the public health and policy initiatives that are essential to turning the tide of the pandemic.


To get to herd immunity, we need to take a psychobehavioral approach, tackle people’s barriers and get local

This story was developed based on our interactive data visualization, which you can experience here.


The results of our national survey show the top anticipated barriers are are appointment availability, not having the time to get vaccinated, and concerns over cost

Surgo Ventures five psychobehavioral segments illustrate why looking at demographics isn’t enough to overcome vaccine hesitancy.

The findings of our largest survey of U.S. adults to date — 17,907 people — provide a blueprint for state and local leaders to achieve President Biden’s stated goal of ensuring 70% of U.S. adults get at least their first shot by the Fourth of July.


Factors linked to mental health deterioration include personality, worries about catching COVID-19, susceptibility to conspiracy theories, and level of online/social media interaction

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With more than 50 million vaccine doses administered, the UK vaccination program is helping the nation make progress against COVID-19. At the same time, researchers have identified COVID-19’s impact on mental health as a persistent problem that may outlast the current pandemic.

  • 55% of people reported feeling worse in their mental health compared…


Surgo Ventures Projects Vaccination Rates will Plateau in April— Before We Reach Herd Immunity

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Our efforts to improve COVID-19 vaccine uptake in the United States are about to get a lot harder, soon.


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After much anticipation, the first COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out worldwide. However, high-income countries have secured most of the supply for themselves, while many low- and middle-income countries are reliant on an initiative called COVAX. Though the first COVAX supplies have arrived, they are only expected to cover 20% of the population in most countries by the end of 2021. As a result, parts of Africa, South America and Asia will likely not be fully vaccinated from the coronavirus until 2023. …


Stories of community vulnerability include a single mother in Texas with dirty drinking water, a father in the Mississippi Delta delivering food to hungry neighbors, and more

Just after the first anniversary of COVID-19 being declared a pandemic, we released a collection of 12 short films that show how the pandemic has wreaked havoc on vulnerable communities across the United States.


The United States is racing against time to vaccinate a majority of the population, while also dealing with supply- and demand-related barriers that can jeopardize any phase of the vaccine rollout. That’s why today, we launched a new data tool, the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccine Coverage Index (CVAC), to provide health officials and policymakers the precise, county-level data they will need to identify which communities are at risk of low COVID-19 vaccine coverage and why, based on underlying community characteristics.

The new index assesses every county in the United States — geographically and demographically — to identify the barriers to getting…


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South Africa is currently grappling with a painful second wave of COVID-19, heightened by the discovery of a highly contagious variant in December. As we attempt to assess the distribution of this burden in South Africa, we must consider how reported COVID-19 statistics — total cases and deaths — likely underestimate the true impact of the virus due to limited continent-wide testing. As a result, we should base our analysis of the pandemic in South Africa on alternative measures, such as excess deaths.

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