Best Initiative For COVID 19: Statistics and Figures
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providing the people with actual figures and live statistics of the epidemic with all the preventive measures techniques. As of the quarantine days, Our readers are at home spending time with family they need to be informed about every second detail about what’s going on out there.
The COVID-19 outbreak is an unprecedented global public health challenge. In order for governments, organisations and individuals to respond to it effectively, it will be vital that they have easy access to good, clear data.
The mission of WatsBest is to make the best research on the world’s largest problems available and understandable. While most of our work focuses on large problems that humanity has faced for a long time – such as child mortality, natural disasters, poverty and almost 100 other problems – this article focuses on a new, emerging global problem: the ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus disease [COVID-19].
We present information on the number of deaths and cases; on why we should focus on how quickly those numbers double, not on the numbers themselves; on the prevalence of testing, and why that is important for understanding the disease; and what we can and can’t know about how lethal COVID-19 really is. We’ll also talk about where we get our data from and why.
The outbreak started in late 2019 and developed into a global pandemic by March 2020.
THE NAME OF THE DISEASE AND VIRUS
You may have heard the outbreak referred to as the “coronavirus” and as “COVID-19”. This is what those terms refer to.
Diseases and the viruses or bacteria that cause them often have different names. For instance, the “human immunodeficiency virus”, HIV, causes “acquired immunodeficiency syndrome”, AIDS.
The virus causing the current outbreak is called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, shortened to SARS-CoV-2. The disease is called coronavirus disease, shortened to COVID-19.
These names have been assigned by the World Health Organization and the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses.
The WHO also refers to the virus as “the virus responsible for COVID-19” or “the COVID-19 virus” when communicating with the public. We follow the same conventions here.
How did the outbreak start?
The outbreak was first noticed in the city of Wuhan, China. Wuhan is the capital of the Hubei Province and has about 11 million inhabitants. On 29 December 2019, Chinese authorities identified a cluster of similar cases of pneumonia in the city.
These cases were soon determined to be caused by a novel coronavirus that was later named SARS-CoV-2.
The first cases of COVID-19 outside of China were identified on January 13 in Thailand and on January 16 in Japan.
On January 23rd the city of Wuhan and other cities in the region were placed on lockdown by the Chinese Government.
Since then COVID-19 has spread to many more countries – cases have been reported in all world regions. You can see the latest available data in the dashboards of cases and deaths which are kept up-to-date by Johns Hopkins University and the WHO discussed.
What is a “coronavirus”?
Although people often refer to the virus causing COVID-19 as “the coronavirus”, there are many different coronaviruses. The term refers to a group of viruses that are common in humans: coronaviruses are behind around 30% of cases of the common cold.3 Corona is Latin for “crown” – this group of viruses is given its name due to the fact that its surface looks like a crown under an electron microscope.
Two outbreaks of new diseases in recent history were also caused by coronaviruses – SARS in 2003 that resulted in around 1,000 deaths and MERS in 2012 that resulted in 862 deaths.
We rely on data from the European CDC
In this document and the associated charts we report and visualize the data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
The European CDC publishes daily statistics on the COVID-19 pandemic. Not just for Europe, but for the entire world.
The ECDC makes all their data available in a daily updated clean downloadable file. This gets updated daily reflecting data collected up to 6:00 and 10:00 CET. The data made public via the downloadable data file is published at 1pm CET, and is used to produce a page that gets updated daily under the name Situation Update Worldwide.