Coronavirus And Data Collection: How Information Can Help Us Fight The Pandemic
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Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has been officially labeled a global pandemic. It has spread to most countries and is being passed from person to person in a growing number of countries.
It is a rapidly evolving situation, with new updates from governments, health experts and media outlets every day. Research into the medical and financial impact of the disease is being carried out, and states are coming up with policies in response, such as shutting borders, closing schools and enforcing self-isolation.
The US has banned flights to Europe, Italy has a strict quarantine implemented and the stocks have crashed to their lowest in 30 years. In Berlin, all nightclubs and bars will be closed and public transport reduced, and sporting events around the world are being cancelled and postponed.
Most recently, Africa, which had largely been unimpacted by coronavirus, has seen 18 countries on the continent confirm their first cases of the disease, which has killed more than 4,900 people worldwide.
Online research and data can be collected and analyzed to help fight the spread of coronavirus, but there is a lot of information out there to gather, read and analyze. Using a data collection platform, like Bright Data’s, allows institutions and companies to collect publicly available data online, including:
- Social media feeds
- Medical research
- Financial research
- Travel advice and restrictions
There are a lot of online resources with a lot of different data to gather, aggregate and assess. It is a big task, but one that can help to educate people, control the disease and save lives. For health, government and other types of organizations looking to gather data to help fight coronavirus, we are offering the free use of our services.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has a database where it stores the latest scientific findings and knowledge on coronavirus, which it updates daily by searching bibliographic databases, journals and articles.
An open-source, curated literature hub called LitCovid aggregates all of the relevant research articles published on COVID-19, and arranges them in date order, by country and by journal. A graph on its homepage shows the number of weekly publications each week since the start of the year, and a map shows the countries mentioned in publications.
Our World in Data has pooled the available research and data on COVID-19, and presented it in tables and graphs showing, for example, growth rate, total confirmed cases and daily new cases by country, and mortality rates. It is a comprehensive resource, and it is only possible to create and maintain a website like this by accessing and collecting real-time data.
Information is power and, with websites like these collecting, analyzing and organizing data in this way, individuals and organizations can stay up to date and educate themselves about the financial and social impact of the virus and the latest medical findings.
Chinese search giant Baidu has published an epidemic map to show the location of confirmed and suspected cases in real time, so people can avoid going to these places, while the country’s biggest cybersecurity company, Qihoo 360, has an app that allows users to check if they have been on a train or plane with someone who has the virus.
Clearly, data has a large role to play in helping to stop the spread of the virus from country to country and person to person, and in educating the public about the medical and financial impact of the disease.
We are offering Bright Data’s data collection services free of charge to all institutions and companies worldwide, for the purposes of gathering relevant information to fight coronavirus.