Editor’s Note: By no means does this blog post constitute medical advice.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines coronaviruses as a family of viruses that can cause a range of illnesses, from the common cold to serious respiratory infections. COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This novel coronavirus is currently believed to have emerged in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
Using data provided by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University, we have prepared this dashboard that presents the geographical distribution of infections along with other useful metrics. This dashboard will be updated once per day when the CSSE data is updated. By choosing one or more countries from the drop-down in the top left, you can check out the metrics and current summaries.
During public health emergencies, decision makers need to implement policies that will slow the transmission of infectious diseases and ease spikes in demand for healthcare products and services. To effectively manage a complex—and constantly changing—situation, leaders should analyze data in real time to ensure they are working with the most accurate figures. Dashboards are useful tools because they offer comprehensive, up-to-date overviews of any key data points that leaders wish to monitor. If governing bodies have reliable data, they can prepare their own dashboards, similar to this one.
For daily updates, more details, and videos that the WHO recommends, this webpage is updated regularly: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019.
There have been many technological improvements for processing data and gaining insights from diseases since the SARS outbreak of 2003. Given these advancements, we can hope this situation will soon be resolved.
Editor’s note: By no means does this blog post constitute medical advice.