M-m-m-my Corona: Journal #2

The ideas, thoughts, and resources that follow are intentionally not in any sort of logical order. Just where my mind, my fingers, and Google have taken me as I try to learn more about COVID-19 and its impact on our world.

1) There are various COVID-19 trackers out there that I follow.

The first is created by a group of first generation Chinese immigrants who are actually from Wuhan (the hardest COVID-19-hit region of China). They also happen to be machine learning experts. The head of the group recently lost his uncle to the disease, so this project is very real to him. They use a variety of "data crawlers, APIs, and user submissions" to keep their numbers up-to-date in real time.

Their numbers are always a little ahead of "official" numbers, but as with most crowdsourcing projects, the "people" are almost always faster than organizations. It's a great resource.

As for a more official resource, Johns Hopkins has an interactive map that is very informative (if not maybe a little too informative). Great if you don't trust the people-generated resource.

2) Another tracker, but this is for testing.

This tracker was a combined effort from a researcher at a firm that discovers new medicines and two journalists from The Atlantic. Again, another community-driven tracker that uses the power of the people to keep things up-to-date. The tracker includes the overall testing numbers for the U.S. and each individual state.

Combine that with this list of COVID-19 test counts from across the globe and you get a picture of where the U.S. falls on testing compared to the rest of the world.

Just to give you some perspective:

- The U.S. has tested (as of 9:26 ET this morning) 111,638 people.

- That's approximately 341 tests per million citizens.

- Italy is at approximately 2,458 tests per million citizens.

- South Korea is at 5,570 tests per million citizens.

We must do better. We're trying, but testing is just the first step. Contact tracing is also critical.

3) This guy tweets a daily chart comparing infection rates in various countries.

@Nathan510edge started this chart on the r/dataisbeautiful subreddit, but then he moved it to Twitter as a daily update. It's a good visual to compare where we are in relation to countries who had earlier outbreaks.

4) Interesting FAQ on the science of COVID-19.

I wish it had more links to source articles, but as a general overview, it's not bad.

More to come.

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