Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, or 2019-nCoV) is a highly contagious respiratory virus that is currently spreading across the globe. Millions of lives have already been impacted by the mandate of lock-downs, states of emergency, and the virus itself.
In just a handful of months, people around the world have become exhausted from panic-driven, unconfirmed data and anecdotal evidence. This site exists to promulgate facts over fear.
By making the most recent data and news headlines about the spread of coronavirus easily accessible, we hope this site will be your one-stop-shop for what you need to know in the wake of this crisis.
3 things you can do
- Wash your hands frequently
- Do not touch your face
- Exercise caution when outside your home
Who made this site?
Ben Billups is the Marketing Manager for The Texan. When he’s not working his day job, you can find him providing documentary photography services, trying a new third-wave coffee shop in Austin, or training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
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- Validated data on the spread of COVID-19 in the United States and the world is provided by Johns Hopkins University and 1point3acres.com, which is used by the CDC and the UN.
- The COVID Tracking Project is aggregating state-level data verified by local officials.
- News API powers this site’s news stream.
This site is designed to make the most recent verified information as accessible as possible. The specific data collection methodology used by Johns Hopkins can be found here and the methodology used by the COVID Tracking Project can be found here.
You may notice that the statistics for “recovered” cases seems low in most areas, this is likely due to the fact that it can take several weeks for a patient to fully recover from COVID-19. In the coming weeks, the ratio of cases, recoveries, and deaths will become more accurate as more and more people recover.
It’s also worth noting that, in the state-level data module, the percentage listed under “Cases” is the percent of positive cases out of total tests administered in that state. In the United States and Worldwide modules, the percentage listed under “Cases” is the percent of positive cases out of the population of that region.
While we wait for more data to come in, those two statistics seem to be the most informative. As the data begins to show the true recovery and death rate in the coming weeks, we plan to update the denominator used to create those percentages so that a more accurate picture can be conveyed.