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The 3 Best Ways to Track the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Luis Monzon
Luis Monzon
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The novel coronavirus has now reached nearly every corner of the globe, with billions under lockdown conditions, a million infected and thousands dead.

Keeping informed in these unprecedented times can be difficult with all that’s ongoing in the world today. Different news sources can tell of different topics, different angles and sometimes it’s not to be trusted.

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There are, however, certain websites that one can access to gain reliable, up-to-the-minute information about the pandemic, from the number of cases to even the time such cases were recorded. These options can supply users with the truest reflection of the pandemic, but even then there is a need for caution.

Experts tell that even the most up-to-date map is tracking infections at a delay. Symptoms can sometimes show only after 14-days, and even then people might wait to be tested – if at all. Users should keep this in mind when seeing the data, and try to gauge the delay cases by what the data shows.

Here are 3 great and trusted sources to ease your COVID-19 information anxiety:

  1. The COVID-19 Visualizer

Updated as soon as new information rolls into Worldometer, this visualizer allows users to control which country in the world they want updated information on, simply pick and choose.

The visualizer’s UI is pleasing to the eye and includes a legend to tell the user exactly what they’re looking at, as well as a set of totals beneath the spinning globe.

Crafted by two students at the Carnegie Mellon University, the visualizer now has around 70 million users but does not feature any advertising – instead, users can support the websites by donating directly.

2. The Johns Hopkins 2019 Novel Coronavirus Dashboard

Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) had quickly assembled one of the quickest and simplest ways to track the virus worldwide. The map on the dashboard displays an aggregate of data from 17 sources, including the World Health Organization, the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and several individual governments.

Users who want to comprehend the reach of the pandemic quickly, with no fuss, this is a perfect way to start.

Zoom in to see where distinct virus clusters are located, but note that not all red dots indicating clusters are placed exactly where they need to be, for example – zooming into Johannesburg, the province with the most COVID-19 cases in South Africa, there is no sign of any red dots.

3. 91-DIVOC

South Africa has been put under 21-day total lockdown in the hopes of “flattening the curve,” which basically means that if the virus’ spread is slowed enough – the rate of infection will be at a manageable level so that hospitals won’t be overwhelmed and enough people will receive the necessary medical attention.

91-DIVOC, a visualizer created by Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider of the University of Illinois, pulls data and then plots it on a chart as a line graph comparing the rise of cases in particular countries, with each location’s timeline starting on the day it had reported its first 100 cases.

This graph marks the exponential growth of the virus in some countries, but can also be used to see the slowing growth in others.

For example, according to the graph, China and South Korea have already and effectively flattened the curve.

By Luis Monzon

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