Real-time map shows spread of coronavirus as it happens

Over 43,000 cases of coronavirus have now been reported across the world as the outbreak continues to spread across continents.

Governments are putting measures in place to try and curb the spread of it within their borders while private companies are pulling out of industry events to try and halt the spread.

Researchers are doing their part by creating an up-to-the-minute tool for tracking the coronavirus as it moves around the planet.

Over in the United States, the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has developed a real-time tracker for the virus.

The research collective has set out a browser-based dashboard that you can access by following this link to see the spread of coronavirus for yourself.

‘We built this dashboard because we think it is important for the public to have an understanding of the outbreak situation as it unfolds with transparent data sources,’ explained Lauren Gardner, a civil engineer and co-director at CSSE who spearheaded the development of the tool.

‘For the research community, this data will become more valuable as we continue to collect it over time.’

The statistics behind the data visualization are being collected from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China, and Dingxiangyuan, a social networking site for health care professionals that provides real-time information on cases.

The team says it is ‘currently in the process of conducting additional modeling of this emerging outbreak’ but for the moment they are unable to use the tool to predict where the virus will spread next.

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