Top 4 Applications for Tracking Coronavirus Pandemic Updates
The world stands on high alert as novel coronavirus progresses aggressively across geographies affecting people and claiming lives. It was December 2019, that the first COVID-19 case was reported in the Wuhan Province of China. Since then the disease has spread in more than 166 countries. At present we stand at a total affected count of 537, 177 with a death toll of 24, 126 and 124, 440 recoveries. However, the numbers keep elevating almost every minute.
Since WHO declared the COVID-19 situation as a pandemic, governments all over the world, have been taking precautionary measures to prevent the disease from spreading further. Most have declared nationwide lockdown, closing their borders and routine movement within, in an attempt to battle the virus.
Businesses and industries have gone into temporary shutdown mode. Stocks and equities have taken a hit along with the crypto market, which hopefully is gradually reviving. Companies have shifted from on-site to remote working to keep the operation afloat.
Amidst all the chaos freedom has suddenly become a luxury for democracies held captive by a pandemic.
While we stay indoors, keeping ourselves at a safe distance from the clutches of the virus infection, the curiosity among all to keep track of the pandemic makes fair sense. However, the information has to come from reliable sources, as false information can aggravate the panic that people around the world are already in.
So, here we are with our presentation of top applications, available online, through which you can track all the latest updates concerning the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Coronavirus App shows a global map of red dots marking the places affected by the virus. It offers updated data on the total number of affected, the increase in numbers on a given day, death toll, active cases, recoveries along with added information such as how many days it has been since the outbreak started, total mortality rate as of date and recovery rate.
Apart from the global numbers, the app also shows country-wise data which one can access via the Countries option on the left panel of the app or by just clicking the red dots on the map, denoting places.
All data and figures provided by the application are in real-time and derived from various reliable organizations such as WHO, Centers for Disease Control across geographies, Johns Hopkins University, Ministry of Health (various nations) and other credible sources.
There is an option where the user can report a new case through the app.
Available in both web and app versions, it allows you to set a notification to keep your post of all the latest updates.
Worldometer is a well-known tracking website that carries valid and verified data on a wide range of topics. The website was one of the first to launch a Coronavirus tracker, providing updates on active cases, deaths, and recoveries.
Apart from that, they are also providing real-time data on the percentage of patients who have a mild condition and the ones who are serious or critical. There are separate detailed data on the recovered cases along with the percentage of discharged patients, all supported by graphs.
Scrolling down the website one will find country-wise detailed data in order of most affected to least affected nations. The user can click on the country name and access detailed data for the last 48 hours in the same order as mentioned before.
Worldometer also has a separate section with useful information regarding COVID-19 disease such as symptoms, incubation period, mortality rate, etc. All the latest news updates are attached to the sources that they are derived from so that the user can cross-check the credibility of the information.
Last, but not the least, the Worldometer has WHO Risk Assessment analysis on the pandemic and a comparison past outbreaks like SARS and MERS.
This one, unlike the others, is a community-based project that has been supported by more than 460 volunteers around the world comprising of medical professionals, data scientists, full-stack developers, UI/UX designers, and even general public. Drawing influence from the Coronavirus Outbreak Map of John Hopkins University, this information-based website was launched to allow the public to keep a track of the latest COVID updates.
The data acquired is used by concerned professionals for further analysis of the pandemic too. Every piece of information on the website is checked and curated by the volunteers, to maintain the credibility of the information through valid sources.
The information is available to users in multiple languages along with information on the disease. It has an information section, with coronavirus related breaking news notification from around the world.
The tracker developers use Natural Language Processing or NLP to run analysis on the trending topics and content. According to the volunteers, the main aim of this tracker initiative is to gather credible data and run an in-depth analysis of the nature of the virus and the pattern of its spreading. Through that, it will be easy to come up with a solution to combat the virus, stop it from spreading and hopefully eradicating it.
Bing has launched its COVID-19 Tracker, a web portal for users to stay updated about the latest pandemic situation. Accessible at bing.com/covid it provides the latest data and statistics globally and country-wise.
It has been announced by the company that majority of the team members who have been working from home, created this mapping and tracking portal, by gathering information from credible sources like World Health Organization, CDC or the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the ECDC which is the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The portal consists of an interactive map that allows the users to click on the map of a country and get the latest updates.
There is another specialty of this portal. The Bing COVID tracker triages people concerned about the infection to testing websites that derives resources from public health and emergency officials.
These are four of the top credible applications that you can access to get information on the latest global COVID condition.
On a concluding note, we hope that you and your dear ones are in good health and continue to take precautionary measures to combat the virus. Only together can we avert this crisis and rise above it.