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Coronavirus: the map of contagion in the world in real-time

The map of the coronavirus in the world shows the spread of the virus throughout the planet in real-time (approximately). With the number of injuries currently affecting more than 41,035 cases, the site is constantly updated and created by IT engineers at the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (USA).

This map will help you to understand what’s going on
The data displayed by the dashboard developed by Johns Hopkins University is collected from various sources, including WHO, U.S. CDC, ECDC China CDC (CCDC), NHC and DXY. DXY is a Chinese website that aggregates reports on the situation of local NHC and CCDC in near real-time, providing estimates of regional cases that are more current than those of which reporting organizations at the national level are capable and is therefore used for all cases in reported in China (confirmed, suspected, recovered deaths). U.S. cases are taken from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and all case data from other countries (suspected and confirmed) is taken from the corresponding regional health departments. The dashboard is intended to provide the public with an understanding of the epidemic situation as it develops, with transparent data sources.

These are numbers that are constantly being updated, which continue to rise day by day with the release of official bulletins by the health authorities. Indeed, the virus quickly “deserted” Wuhan, in which a species jump (from an animal not yet identified to humans) could have occurred, and many cases are now recorded in many countries. Thus the epidemic is expanding, but understanding its “limits” can be very complex based on news texts only.

The map, from a technical point of view, is a real online dashboard, full of useful information to understand the extent of the phenomenon. At the center of the image, dominated by a dark gray hue, there is a detailed geographical map where it is possible to identify the cases of the infections, indicated with a red dot. The larger the size of the dots, the higher the concentration of infected in the area.

Through the zoom function, cases can be isolated by country, region, province and even single city. The map is accompanied by a series of additional windows that make the use of the application even faster and easier; in the upper left, for example, there is indicated the total number of infected with the time of the last update, while in the upper-right there is that of the confirmed victims.

In the left column, just below the total cases calculation, there is a window showing the number of cases divided by Region / Country (at the top of the list at the moment there is obviously China with 80 thousand cases, followed by the 4,335 of Korea from the South and from over 1,600 from the Bel Paese).

On the right, there is a similar window but flanked by dots and with indications of the deaths related to the single geographical area. At the bottom left there is also a small graph showing the temporal trend of the epidemic in China (orange line) and in the rest of the world (yellow line). The graph shows the surge in registered cases that occurred towards the end of January. There are also the legend and bookmark functions to help you find your way around the map.

Scientists from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE), integrated into the Department of Civil and Systems Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, developed this very useful software. The data is constantly collected by the main international and national health bodies.

Among them are the World Health Organization (WHO / WHO); the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC); the CDC China; NHC and DXY. The latter is a Chinese service that aggregates the contagion data practically in real-time. All information is processed by the algorithm developed by the engineers and distributed in a simple and elegant way on the interactive map. It is ultimately a very useful and well-designed tool.

Finally, we pray and ask God to stop this disease and heal all the sick, we also ask God to help experts find the right medicine to fight this disease.

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