BY: EKREM KAYA
With the coronavirus pandemic taking the world by storm, COVID-19 gets closer to home every second. With over 15,129 reported cases of the virus in the United States, the virus has become hard to track. Luckily health organizations and other outlets have made tracking the pandemic easier for the public with detailed, up to date, maps. We’ve gathered a short list of reliable online maps to help inform the public and prevent misinformation.
World Health Organization’s Novel Coronavirus Situation
As the main source of corona updates for most of the world, the WHO has gathered their info in a generic map. Their data, reported straight by national authorities, is as reliable as it gets. This map lists the number of cases for every country and even shows the date last updates per nation or territory.
Nextstrain Genomic Epidemiology of Novel Coronavirus (hCoV-19)
Nextstrain provides an extremely interactive map with tons of useful features for you to explore. The dashboard features a diverse pool of information contributed by different labs and authors. It’s available in multiple languages and even has an animation feature to help visualize the spread of this deadly virus. The website is a free open source tool for the entire community
Coronavirus Interactive Web-based Dashboard by Johns Hopkins University
Another map tracking COVID-19 with much detail, JHU’s map takes in data from WHO, CDC, ECDC, and many more. This map tracks all active cases as well as all cases of recovery from COVID-19. The dashboard also includes graphs and charts for a visual way to track the spread of the virus.
By now, we all agree that COVID-19 is to be taken seriously and precautions must be taken to stop the spread of the virus. Here’s CDC’s official page and here’s their tips on how to prepare. You can also check the proximity of the virus at the following link(source non-official).