Monday, March 09, 2020

Responsible Maps of Covid-19

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak there have been over 110,000 confirmed cases around the globe and there have been 3,841 deaths. When I first posted a link to the Johns Hopkins Covid-19 Dashboard, on January 23rd, there had been 555 confirmed cases and 17 deaths. In just over six weeks the disease has had a truly devastating global impact.

The Johns Hopkins map was the first visualization of Covid-19 that I linked to and it is still the best visualization of the global reach of the virus that I have seen. On the whole news organizations around the world have posted some truly terrible maps which seem to have been designed more to alarm readers than inform.

Kenneth Field has posted some advice on the Esri blog about Mapping coronavirus, responsibly. The article explores a number of different visualization methods which can be used to map Covid-19 and discusses the advantages and pitfalls of each method.

Datawrapper has now released a series of maps, charts and graphs that show the latest numbers about Covid-19 in a responsible manner. 17 responsible live visualizations about the coronavirus, for you to use includes maps showing the number of Covid-19 cases, the number of deaths and the number of recoveries around the globe, in the United States and in Germany.

Around the world 62,097 people have recovered from Covid-19. In both China and South Korea the number of new cases reported each day is declining. In China the number of people recovering from Covid-19 has outpaced the number of new cases since February 19th.

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