COVID-19 tracking websites have grown in popularity in recent weeks to show you real-time data about the coronavirus spread. Each website provides what’s known as a dashboard, or a grouping of explicit data in the form of maps, charts, lists, etc. that collectively work together to show you information.
Each website details how many people are confirmed to have COVID-19, how many people are seriously ill from the disease, how many people recovered, and how many people died.
Some of these tracking websites are specific to your current GPS location. Some are better at displaying statewide data. Others are better at global data.
Please keep in mind that data sources (from local, state, and national websites) update their information during different times of the day. As a result, and also dependent on the refresh rate of each tracker, you might see different numbers on each website.
Note: Each screenshot below is indicative of the moment that I uploaded the image to this blog post. Visit the website to see current data.
The Johns Hopkins tracker
The Johns Hopkins tracker (built by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland) displays a map of the world and multiple clickable lists to help you drill down into states, provinces, counties, and cities so that you can see the number of confirmed cases, recoveries, and deaths.
I feel that this tracker is best for global data.
Infection 2020 tracker
Infection2020.com is specific to the United States. The site uses your GPS location to show a local map with corresponding data of wherever you are. I like that I can zoom in and out to see different layers of infection. I’ll show you what I mean via several screenshots below.
Additionally, you can disable the website’s cookie to see the national map. Regardless of your map view, you can scroll down to see boxes of national and county data. The data is real-time from the perspective of whenever the state health website was last updated.
The Coronavirus Dashboard
As the virus spread around the world, he added more sources and it’s now one of the most-visited websites for real-time information. While there’s a map, I find the charts to be more useful.
Scrolling past the global chart, you can also see charts for U.S. states, European countries, African countries, etc. New website features are added frequently.
The COVID Tracking Project
This website at covidtracking.com also shows U.S. data. It’s not as user-friendly as I’d like, but I appreciate that I can scroll through the states and click links to see state data.
It’s also neat to see how state websites are ranked, such as my state of Massachusetts earning a B.
Those are trackers. What about models?
This next website is for the nerds. It’s the best I’ve seen.
A group of scientists in Switzerland created a program that enables you to forecast the spread of coronavirus based upon custom variables. As you change each variable, you can run different scenarios.
What am I missing? What should be here?
I have so many hours in each day. I’m sure I’m missing other valuable tracking websites and dashboards. You might also have ideas for the website coders and developers.
Please add a comment below with your ideas and recommendations.