A Case Study in Alameda County, California

(Note: This article was written back in the beginning of June. I have not yet updated links with more up-to-date research or articles, but will do so once I have the time.)

COVID-19 and Racial Discrimination

COVID-19 is a silent killer that discriminates against the poor, which is disproportionately made up of communities of color as a result of systematic racial injustice. Here are just a few headlines:


As a mathematically inclined engineer, I like to see things discussed in terms of Pareto efficiency. A Pareto efficient (or optimal) policy can be thought of as follows: if you have multiple goals, a new policy cannot improve one goal over the current policy without hurting at least one other goal. Basically, you are at a point where you have to trade off one goal for another goal.

In the COVID-19 pandemic, and especially in the United States, it is common to think of the following two goals as being opposed to each other:

  • minimizing COVID-19 hospitalizations/deaths
  • doing damage to…


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Brian Foo

A machine learning engineer at Google who spends his free time building epidemiological models.

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