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Covid-19 Pandemic Dashboards

In the Bloomberg CityLab, data journalist Marie Patino writes that how the Coronavirus pandemic forced many governments around the world create a visual Covid Pandemic Dashboard for educating the public as well as provide public information about the worst pandemic of the century.

Damir Ivankovic, a PhD student at the University of Amsterdam writes: “All of these dashboards were launched very early in the pandemic. Some of them were developed literally overnight, or over three sleepless nights in certain countries.”

The resulting platforms — while sometimes flawed because of incomplete data, technology constraints or just awkward presentation — have become a mainstay of the pandemic. They’ve helped people assess risk and understand what’s happening near them.

Marie Patino On Bloomberg CityLab

Patino writes that another PhD researcher Erica Barbazza together with Ivankovic has been leading a set of studies about Covid-19 dashboards with a network of researchers and more than 30 government dashboard teams across Europe and Asia – to better understand ‘their dynamics and the political decisions at stake in their creation’.

John Hopkins’s Interactive Covid Dashboard, according to Patino, was created on Jan 22, 2020 by graduate student Ensheng Dong, and Lauren Gardner, co-director of Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering. This dashboard reportedly achieve international fame quickly, and ‘screenshots of it started popping up in newspapers and on TV’.

These live dashboards​ pull data from sources like the World Health Organization to show all confirmed and suspected cases of coronavirus, along with recoveries and deaths.

Source: ZDNet

These Covid dashboards are reportedly created using cartography GIS mapping software Esri, which has reportedly provided free licenses to more than 5,000 organizations around the world since the beginning of Covid.

Best Covid Dashboards for Covid-19 Mapping

In a recent Analytical Insights article, Apoorva Bellapu writes about the best visualization dashboards for mapping COVID-19. Because of the spread of misinformation about the Covid-19 and health experts and government official felt necessary to create an official channel to present accurate information on Covid-19.

According to Apoorva, the following are the best visualization Covid-19 dashboards:

  • Shared Geo. “Shared Geo addresses this issue by providing real-time analytics for accuracy. This dashboard makes use of a set of variables aimed at delivering updates about this pandemic. […] One of the best features of this dashboard is that the users can see the rate of spread versus the population in the comparative table. This makes it a reliable source.”
  • WHO Dashboard. “This dashboard by the World Health Organization allows the users to access reliable data. All the data you get to see here is the real-time data. All the countries submit their data about the status of COVID-19 to the WHO. Recently, WHO came up with a mobile-friendly version.”
  • CDC Dashboard. “This dashboard makes it into the list of the most visited platforms to gain information about the pandemic. That one feature that sets this dashboard apart from the rest is that it considers all factors required for pandemic evaluation such as infection dates and racial groups affected.”
  • COVID-19 Dashboard by The University of Virginia. “The University of Virginia in collaboration with the Biocomplexity Institute developed a visualization dashboard that aims at providing real-time updates on the COVID-19 Data, right from cumulative view of infections, deaths, to the recovered cases, this dashboard has got all of it covered.”
  • Stanford COVID-19 Dashboard. “This COVID-19 Dashboard gives access to information data on location and cumulative deaths from the coronavirus based on population. The challenge faced is in the area of mapping the cumulative deaths based on a population. This is where Stanford Dashboard has worked on.”

In December 2020, the ZDNet ranked the following as the best top five Covid-19 tracking dashboards:

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of October 9, 9 a.m.) 487,277,035 doses have been distributed and 401,819,240 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data (as of October 7) a total of 6,599,554 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of October 11) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 738,843 (out of 12,901,307 tested) with 8,320 deaths.