Monday, August 23, 2021

How Covid-19 Conquered the World

Olivia Jack at the Department of Biology, Humboldt University of Berlin has created an interactive animated map which shows the spread of the coronavirus across the world. The COVID-19 Geographical Animation uses data from Johns Hopkins University to visualize the rise of the epidemic and the continuing waves of cases around the globe.

Animated maps showing the spread of an epidemic over time can help us to learn more about how a virus is transmitted and how it spreads. NBC Covid-19 map also maps the spread of the virus over time, showing how Covid-19 quickly spread from Wuhan to the rest of China, through Asia and out to the rest of the world.

Both these animated maps use Johns Hopkins University's Covid-19 Time Series data, which record daily confirmed cases of Covid-19 around the world. If you want to create your own animated map showing the spread of the coronavirus it might be interesting to add context to the spread of the virus. For example it might be interesting to add information to identify and indicate the first cases reported in different locations and to identify significant clusters (for example the Seattle nursing home which saw the first significant fatalities in the USA).

Hat-tip: weeklyOSM 

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