How many infections are there near me? And how quickly is the virus spreading? Keeping track of coronavirus developments has become a daily routine for many, especially those of us who are still out and about in cities.
For a quick visual update on the latest global impact of the pandemic, these three maps offer some of the best overviews, from detailed breakdowns to quick summaries.
– The Johns Hopkins map (coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html): Lists, tables, sliders
Probably the best known live world map of the coronavirus outbreak comes from the renowned Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in the US state of Maryland.
At first glance, the many lists, tables, sliders and figures seem overwhelming. But after a few moments of clicking and trying out the functions, you notice that the outline is intuitive and well thought out.
The university cites the World Health Organization (WHO), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), their European Union counterpart (ECDC), China's National Health Commission (NHC) and media reports in the various countries as data sources.
– The Bing map (bing.com/covid) : News meets data
Microsoft has established a coronavirus map on its search engine page. The so-called Covid-19 tracker is a simple, clearly designed map that is also suitable for use on mobile devices.
In addition to giving a global perspective, you can take a closed look at certain countries for a breakdown of the figures, as well as get links to news reports on recent updates.
According to Microsoft, the data comes from WHO, ECDC, CDC and Wikipedia. To see more of the map area, you can hit the arrow symbol on the top left to hide the information menus.
– The Here map (app.developer.here.com/coronavirus/) : Change over time
For a clean overview on computers and mobile, digital navigation company Here has created a tracker based on its mapping system.
The main focus is on tracking the virus over time, which you can do with the help of a slider. This gives you a sense of what the spread of the virus was like in your area a few days ago, and how quickly it has changed.
In certain countries such as the United States and China, you can zoom in to see breakdown of figures in different areas. The map is based on data from the Johns Hopkins University, among other sources. – dpa
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