John Drake

New research from the University of Georgia suggests that beefed-up contact tracing and testing could be a viable alternative to lockdowns and quarantines.
UGA Today

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S., the reaction was sweeping -- schools closed, restaurants were shuttered, many descended into self-quarantine, and mask wearing and social distancing were touted as ways to prevent the spread of the disease. But those measures came at a massive societal and economic cost.

Ecologists Detect Warning Signals of Malaria Outbreak

Jun 30, 2020
Andrew Davis Tucker/UGA taken in 2017

Researchers at the University of Georgia have demonstrated that disease surveillance data can be used to predict certain infectious disease outbreaks. The team detected early warning signals of a 1993 resurgence of malaria in Kenya in case reports from the roughly 10 years before the outbreak began. Their findings appear in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.

John Drake, director of the University of Georgia's Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases joins Chris Shupe to talk about infectious disease modeling, and what people should know about COVID-19 modeling.

Critical Slowing Down

Jan 13, 2019

When will epidemics begin and end, speed up or slow down? Figuring that out is the job of researchers like Dr. John Drake, Distinguished Research Professor in the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia. April talks to him about the phenomenon of critical slowing down, a tool used to track disease spread.

AI Disease Prediction

Dec 30, 2018

The beginning of an epidemic tends to be a jump from animals to humans. Dr. John Drake, Distinguished Research Professor in the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia, tries to identify why and how that happens in order to predict the next one.