In isolation, the daily headlines can be difficult to interpret, offering a static snapshot of a moving target. It is hard, for instance, to tell if the situation is getting better or worse, and to what extent control efforts are having any effect.
The site is updated daily based on figures published by the World Health Organization (WHO). While other live trackers developed by Johns Hopkins University and the WHO are updated more frequently, our tool enables users to wind back the clock and view the global situation on any given day of the coronavirus outbreak. It also enables the unfolding situation to be compared with other recent outbreaks, including the epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003 (also caused by a coronavirus), the 2009 swine flu pandemic, and the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Our hope is that this tool will provide more context to the daily headlines and a fresh perspective on key turning points in the disease’s history.
A longer version of this article will be published shortly in The Conversation.
Article was first publish in https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/newsevents/news/2020/contextualising-coronavirus-outbreak-comparative-mapping-tool