- Coronavirus real-time tracking is has become crucial for survival so researchers made an online tracking tool
- the website tracks information from all sources including WHO and China and constantly upgrades you.
- It shows the spread of the virus on a map with location.
- Media reports are quoting data from this dashboard as it provides a more timely assessment of the virus outbreak
- This is making critical data available to researchers for faster knowledge of the virus which is helping in research.
- The same team by Gardner had provided an Ebola tracking map a few years ago which helped many people.
As the coronavirus spreads it has become of utmost importance to keep a real-time track of the global infection on the map. All individuals irrespective of their traveling nature need to know whether they are in the infected area, especially for people in the shipping and maritime trade. Keeping this in mind, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University has developed an online map tracks for the virus, writes Doug Donovan in an article published on the university website.
What is it?
The Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering has built and is regularly updating an online dashboard for tracking the worldwide spread of the coronavirus outbreak that began in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
Who made it?
Lauren Gardner, a civil engineering professor and CSSE’s co-director, spearheaded the effort to launch the mapping website on Wednesday. The site displays statistics about deaths and confirmed cases of coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, across a worldwide map. It also allows visitors to download the data for free.
Why is it necessary?
“We built this dashboard because we think it is important for the public to have an understanding of the outbreak situation as it unfolds with transparent data sources,” Gardner said. “For the research community, this data will become more valuable as we continue to collect it over time.”
How will it help people?
The dashboard, built by a team at the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering and regularly updated with data from the WHO, CDC, and other sources, illustrates how the virus is spreading in China and beyond
Making Critical Data Available for Researchers
Making the data available for download is “critical” for researchers, she added.
The statistics behind the data visualization are being collected from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China, and Dingxiangyuan, a social networking site for health care professionals that provides real-time information on cases.
More Timely Assessments
Gardner said “local level case data” from Dingxiangyuan, media reports, and the local CDC “can provide more timely assessments of the outbreak, compared to the national level reporting organizations, which take longer to filter up.”
Media outlets including Newsweek, PBS News Hour, and ABC News have cited the dashboard in their reporting about the outbreak.
How’s the website working?
The CSSE’s Wuhan Coronavirus Global Cases website on Thursday afternoon reported 18 related deaths and 653 confirmed cases—444 in the Chinese province of Hubei, of which Wuhan is the capital city.
The website provides a link to a downloadable Google Sheet that contains information on confirmed and suspected cases in more than 30 Chinese locations as well as for the nations of Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Colombia, Brazil, Australia, Mexico, and the United States. One case has been confirmed in Washington state.
Check this website to track the virus on map
This team of researchers had also helped people with Ebola Outbreak map tracking tool few years ago. So, the can be trusted with accuracy and credibility.
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Source: Johns Hopkins University