The DISTANCE Study: Discovering the Impact of Social-Distancing on Trauma Epidemiology and Resources during the COVID-19 Epidemic

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Public Summary

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated large-scale social distancing efforts to reduce viral transmission have led to dramatic changes in human behaviors associated with traumatic injury. While overall injury rates have decreased, there are apparent changes in injury patterns, mechanisms, and demographics, as well as limitations to available resources to care for trauma patients in a strained healthcare system. We propose to measure changes to trauma epidemiology, resource availability, and COVID-19 co-infection rates in trauma patients at local and regional levels during the COVID-19 pandemic. The results are expected to inform trauma care and resource allocation during future pandemic level responses.