By Chand Bellur
March 12, 2020 at 8:46 p.m. PDT
- Johns Hopkins hospital maintains an updated dashboard for monitoring the novel coronavirus pandemic.
- The dashboard tracks COVID-19 cases better than the WHO and Chinese health authorities.
- Johns Hopkins data scientists expanded the dashboard to include data from all over the world.
Information Technology Maps the COVID-19 Pandemic
It’s hard to hide from technology these days. Google your name and you’ll find pages of information about yourself. Some of them are accurate, but many of these sites fill in the blanks with falsehoods. The Internet is full of false information, often created by automated systems making assumptions based on available information.
There are reliable sources of information on the Internet. Universities, global and government institutions offer the most accurate information. With dire warnings about coronavirus, it’s important to get the facts straight.
Johns Hopkins University’s Center for System Science and Engineering has created the most reliable and accurate dashboard for monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. The website includes accurate counts of cases, deaths and recoveries. The latter data are virtually omitted by corporate network news sources, as they rely on fear for viewer engagement.
COVID-19 Web Dashboard Gives A Complete View of the Pandemic
Network news overstated the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the world. This has resulted in widespread panic and closure of public events, beyond anything the WHO and many public health officials have deemed necessary. The panic becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, as spiraling closures and heavy stock market declines create financial burdens for everyone except network news organizations, which are experiencing record-breaking ratings and ad revenues.
If you’re looking for the truth about novel coronavirus, you’ll have to look beyond profit-oriented media. For now, they want to terrorize people into watching the news, and it seems to be working.
Johns Hopkins’ COVID-19 web dashboard is one of the best resources for monitoring the outbreak. Users can browse real time data and view a map of both active and cumulative confirmed cases. The dashboard also shows how many people have recovered from the disease. As more are tested and recover, the grim prospect of a 3.4% mortality rate is less likely.
Data Acquired from Multiple Sources
The Johns Hopkins Center for System Science and Engineering was created by Dr. Lauren Gardner and two of her Ph.D. students. The dashboard evolved along with the pandemic, adding more features on the front and back ends of the system.
Data acquisition comes from multiple sources. At first, data were entered manually. Over time, the data scientists incorporated DXY, a medical reporting system used by Chinese healthcare professionals.
The dashboard has been remarkably accurate, with quality exceeding that of the World Health Organization and the Chinese CDC. As the COVID-19 pandemic has become a reality, the dashboard has incorporated more data from around the world. It’s the most important source of COVID-19 information, viewed by millions of people around the world.
COVID-19 is going to be a problem for many months to come. It’s not as bad as the news media suggests. They’re taking advantage of this tragedy to expand viewership, however, the ensuing panic also harms the public.
As the pandemic unfolds, it’s essential to get quality information. Resources like the World Health Organization and John Hopkins University provide some of the most reliable, accurate and up-to-date information on the pandemic. As more people are tested, the frightening statistics are changing, and we’re seeing that the disease is not as deadly as once thought.
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