Disease Detectives B/C

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Re: Disease Detectives B/C What's new?

Postby UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F » December 6th, 2018, 5:08 pm

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nmsciencemom wrote:I noticed on this year's event description, the section about C level doing advanced statistics is gone, replaced by a requirement they do more on confounding, biases and prevention measures. Does this mean we can stop trying to teach college statistics?!! Probably will be more clear on the new DD CD from Nationals.
They are also are trying to allocate the test emphasis more evenly on Background and Surveillance, Outbreak Investigation and Patterns, Controls and Prevention. If only our state event supervisor would take note of the changes...
Also new, the "5 step Process for Surveillance and the types of Surveillance".

And most importantly, this would normally be the year that the topic would be environmental sources of disease, but there is no mention of a special area to focus on this year under the Description paragraph. Anyone know if we are moving away from doing topics?!


What even is the 5 step process for surveillance? I can't find it anywhere on the internet.

I don't think there's really 5 steps. Just look up as much as you can about surveillance.

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Re: Disease Detectives B/C What's new?

Postby Nba2302 » December 9th, 2018, 9:44 am

andei200 wrote:
nmsciencemom wrote:I noticed on this year's event description, the section about C level doing advanced statistics is gone, replaced by a requirement they do more on confounding, biases and prevention measures. Does this mean we can stop trying to teach college statistics?!! Probably will be more clear on the new DD CD from Nationals.
They are also are trying to allocate the test emphasis more evenly on Background and Surveillance, Outbreak Investigation and Patterns, Controls and Prevention. If only our state event supervisor would take note of the changes...
Also new, the "5 step Process for Surveillance and the types of Surveillance".

And most importantly, this would normally be the year that the topic would be environmental sources of disease, but there is no mention of a special area to focus on this year under the Description paragraph. Anyone know if we are moving away from doing topics?!


What even is the 5 step process for surveillance? I can't find it anywhere on the internet.

When it took the disease detectives test, there was the 5 step process, so you will have to find it. I found it in the powerpoint on the soinc.org disease detectives page

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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby Flavorflav » December 10th, 2018, 2:58 am

Nba2302 wrote:Why is attack rate listed on part 2, then incidence proportion is listed on part 3, even though attack rate and incidence proportion mean the same thing?

They don't mean the same thing. Incidence figures are virtually always calculated for whole populations, and attack rates for exposed populations.

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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F » December 10th, 2018, 2:35 pm

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Nba2302 wrote:Why is attack rate listed on part 2, then incidence proportion is listed on part 3, even though attack rate and incidence proportion mean the same thing?

They don't mean the same thing. Incidence figures are virtually always calculated for whole populations, and attack rates for exposed populations.

Attack rate can be calculated for the whole population or exposed populations; it's just a measure or risk.

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Re: Disease Detectives B/C What's new?

Postby hippo9 » December 11th, 2018, 6:40 am

Nba2302 wrote:
andei200 wrote:
nmsciencemom wrote:I noticed on this year's event description, the section about C level doing advanced statistics is gone, replaced by a requirement they do more on confounding, biases and prevention measures. Does this mean we can stop trying to teach college statistics?!! Probably will be more clear on the new DD CD from Nationals.
They are also are trying to allocate the test emphasis more evenly on Background and Surveillance, Outbreak Investigation and Patterns, Controls and Prevention. If only our state event supervisor would take note of the changes...
Also new, the "5 step Process for Surveillance and the types of Surveillance".

And most importantly, this would normally be the year that the topic would be environmental sources of disease, but there is no mention of a special area to focus on this year under the Description paragraph. Anyone know if we are moving away from doing topics?!


What even is the 5 step process for surveillance? I can't find it anywhere on the internet.

When it took the disease detectives test, there was the 5 step process, so you will have to find it. I found it in the powerpoint on the soinc.org disease detectives page

It's also explicitly stated in the rules, but it looks like it's Data collection, analysis, interpretation, dissemination, and then connecting to an action.
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Textbooks

Postby jkotl0327 » December 19th, 2018, 12:22 pm

What are the best comprehensive resources (paid or free, textbook or online) that help you learn about the subject? Also, are there any guides on how to properly create a binder?
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Epidemiology

Postby jkotl0327 » December 19th, 2018, 12:24 pm

Would buying a basic textbook on epidemiology help with getting a “feel” for this event; or is this event more specific than general epidemiology, and taking this course of action is a waste of time?

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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby jkotl0327 » December 19th, 2018, 12:52 pm

Is the topic this year food borne illnesses, population growth, environmental, or a mix of these.

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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F » December 19th, 2018, 1:24 pm

jkotl0327 wrote:Is the topic this year food borne illnesses, population growth, environmental, or a mix of these.

This year does not have a specific topic. Check out the rules for what you should be studying. The CDC online textbook on epidemiology really helps (and it's free!). There are no binders for this event.

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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby Qu€€nMon€y » December 22nd, 2018, 5:23 pm

what is the difference between a cluster and an outbreak?

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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F » December 22nd, 2018, 5:50 pm

Qu€€nMon€y wrote:what is the difference between a cluster and an outbreak?

A cluster is any grouping of cases that are close in space and time. An outbreak is a sudden increase in cases in a given area above the expected number.

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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby jkotl0327 » December 23rd, 2018, 8:53 am

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jkotl0327 wrote:Is the topic this year food borne illnesses, population growth, environmental, or a mix of these.

This year does not have a specific topic. Check out the rules for what you should be studying. The CDC online textbook on epidemiology really helps (and it's free!). There are no binders for this event.


Thank you. Also, if we aren’t allowed a binder, then what are we allowed? Also, will it be a mix of all three topics, or just two this year?
Again, thank you.

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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby Anomaly » December 23rd, 2018, 8:57 am

jkotl0327 wrote:
UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F wrote:
jkotl0327 wrote:Is the topic this year food borne illnesses, population growth, environmental, or a mix of these.

This year does not have a specific topic. Check out the rules for what you should be studying. The CDC online textbook on epidemiology really helps (and it's free!). There are no binders for this event.


Thank you. Also, if we aren’t allowed a binder, then what are we allowed? Also, will it be a mix of all three topics, or just two this year?
Again, thank you.

You are allowed to bring one 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper with info front and back. It's not really a mix of the three topics, if you want to think about it its none of the three topics, since you dont really have to focus on any of the topics. Just focus on the stuff that is actually in the rules for this year.
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby Rubix1353 » December 23rd, 2018, 1:20 pm

Is the specific topic for this year environmental quality or is there none?

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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F » December 23rd, 2018, 1:25 pm

Rubix1353 wrote:Is the specific topic for this year environmental quality or is there none?

As stated above, there is no specific topic.


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