The COVID-19 pandemic is compelling families to be on silo mode, and will continue to make more areas on lockdown over the next days, as forecasted. The last few weeks have seen unprecedented progression on the SARS strain’s infected hosts.
As the coronavirus continue to make the news, let us look at the array of online real time monitoring maps and trackers that could be displayed in our houses’ and institutions’ screens, for round the clock updates.
- Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
In response to this ongoing global health emergency, the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University developed an interactive web-based dashboard. Perhaps the most popular online visual in relation with coronavirus, as it is being used by most news channels, it can track reported cases in real-time. The dashboard, first shared publicly in January, illustrates the location and number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, deaths, and recoveries for all affected countries. It was developed to provide researchers, public health authorities and the general public with a user-friendly tool to track the outbreak as it unfolds, as mentioned by its web verbatim.
TheBaseLab’s monitoring app shows the percentage of increase per country, segregated graphs for data in and outside China, top countries with largest percentage increase, countries with largest validated infection increase, and recently affected nations. With its multiple data visualizations, stories and other Covid-19 articles, this by far is one of the most granular and comprehensive monitoring sites.
If you want to focus on checking our country’s COVID-19 cases. The Department of Health (DOH) prepared a dashboard which contains the number of confirmed cases, admitted, recovered, and deaths related to the dreaded coronavirus in the country. Moreover, it provides us with a breakdown of Patients Under Investigation (PUI) per Region, as well as the number of discharged PUIs.
Weeks before our government health agency released the much awaited tracker, we saw the authorities struggling for one-stop sources for COVID-19 feeds.
It was then that Developer Robert Soriano started with his mini project mimicking Johns Hopkins’ near real-time world map of infection cases, and interactive coronavirus charts. He also supplemented features for twitter updates, and timeline of cases. Robert said that he just created it so that he won’t have to switch websites anymore in checking updates about the pandemic. Mr. Soriano also mentioned that he shares the same resources with popular trackers making it precise.
When asked if he were given a chance to help out in the improvement of our country’s current official tracker, he mentioned that he would like to add interactive charts and a map that plots places people infected have gone to.
In these moments where Fake News is rampant over social networking sites and other communication channels, we need to stop becoming host of untruths, misled, and invalidated information. Let us utilize technology as bearer of valuable information and a prime tool to take vantage point in combating the disease. (Sebastian Cacacho)