Interview: Alex Bentley on Using Widely Available Data to Predict Disease

Apr 9, 2021



Alex Bentley


Researchers with the University of Tennessee used widely available demographic and socio-economic data to predict cases of COVID-19 in US counties. WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper spoke with Anthropology professor Alex Bentley about the research, which could eventually be used to predict the occurrence of any infectious disease.


The Research: 


Early warning of vulnerable counties in a pandemic using socio-economic variables 


Cultural values predict national COVID-19 death rates