Tracking the Corona Virus: Dashboard delivers real-time view of the deadly virus

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

The Center for Systems Science and Engineering has launched an online dashboard that is tracking the spread of the deadly coronavirus as it makes its way across China and beyond. 

Coronavirus — formally known as COVID-19 — is believed to have originated in Wuhan City, in Hubei province, China, and so far has killed more than 2,800 people and sickened more than 78,000 in mainland China alone. Despite efforts by the Chinese government to contain the virus’ spread, cases have been confirmed on every continent except Antarctica. As of Thursday, there have been 60 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States and one confirmed death of an American abroad.

Coronavirus online dashboard

Track the coronavirus on a real-time map

The live dashboard pulls data from the World Health Organization (WHO) — as well as the centers for disease control in the US, China and Europe — to show all confirmed and suspected cases of coronavirus, along with recovered patients and deaths. The data is visualized through a real-time graphic information system (GIS) powered by Esri. 

Those infected with coronavirus are exhibiting pneumonia-like symptoms, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Additional resources for tracking the virus include this page from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and another from the WHO. These websites list up to date news on the spread of the virus as well as situation reports and maps of infected areas. Researchers from the University of Oxford, Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital and Northeastern University have also launched a virus tracking website with real-time updates.

Coronavirus was first reported to the WHO on Dec. 31, with Chinese investigators linking the disease to the coronavirus family of viruses, which also includes the deadly SARS and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). 

Meanwhile, financial markets remain on edge amid fears of the global pandemic. The DOW Industrial has crashed and rebounded several times over the last few weeks, and Chinese stocks have plunged as the coronavirus outbreak worsens. 

Individual technology companies have also reported uncertainty surrounding the Chinese market and the impact of the coronavirus, specifically when it comes to the broader technology supply chain in China. 

Apple noted in its first-quarter financial results that the coronavirus outbreak in China is disrupting operations, and then revealed earlier this week that it would be missing its second quarter guidance due to the continued impact of the virus. Apple said the outbreak has hit its iPhone supply chain and lowered demand in China following the temporary closure of its stores in the Middle Kingdom. Meantime, Beijing extended the nation’s Lunar New Year holiday, and factories have been slower to reopen across the country following the outbreak.

“While our iPhone manufacturing partner sites are located outside the Hubei province — and while all of these facilities have reopened — they are ramping up more slowly than we had anticipated,” Apple said. “These iPhone supply shortages will temporarily affect revenues worldwide.”

Coronavirus has also significantly disrupted the technology industry’s related annual events. GSMA’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) was canceled due to coronavirus concerns, DEF CON China has been put on hold, and Facebook recently canceled a large event in San Francisco.

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