Many excellent data sources display COVID trends graphically, but often the volume and detail can be overwhelming. For those of us who aren’t scientists, public health officials, or epidemiologists, our information requirements are pretty simple for us to understand and manage our risk of infection. We need simple trend data.
To be properly informed, there are two primary metrics that should concern us:
- How severe is the spread of exposure?
- Is the virus spreading, or is it being contained and waning?
Most importantly, we want to know this for the geographical areas that matter to us. It’s certainly encouraging to know that your state is managing the problem effectively overall, but it’s critical to know if the COVID trend in your county, or a county nearby, is experiencing a dramatic spike.
Finally, the information should be quick and easy to understand. It shouldn’t require multiple web searches and minutes of rigorous deliberation. Instead, we should be able to assess our specific circumstances at a glance.
That’s why we’ve developed CoronaCurves. A simple tool to help everyone “flatten the curve,” CoronaCurves provides a simple one-page report summarizing the key metrics you need to help stay safe and conduct your life.
The tool is simple. Visit covid.expertscape.com and perform three simple steps.
- Choose your data source and type (e.g. cases, deaths, tests, etc.)
- Select the area(s) important to you (e.g. country, state, province, county)
- Generate the report and review your results
CoronaCurves uses the latest available public domain data from Johns Hopkins, The New York Times, and the COVID Tracking Project, and makes it immediately available to you in a highly digestible format: two graphs.
The graph on the right shows the 45 day history for the value you chose(e.g. daily cases, daily deaths, daily tests, etc.), plus a predicted trend for the upcoming five days. Ideally, those lines are heading down and to the right.
The graph on the left displays the rate of deceleration or acceleration over the previous week. Ideally, the top of this line should be moving to the far left and well into the green.
That’s it. In a glance, you can understand the conditions and the level of progress in your key location(s). (Actually, other observations can be derived, but that’s for epidemiologists and public health experts.)
These reports are free and can be emailed to you daily, allowing you to stay current and informed. At a glance.
To try CoronaCurves, visit covid.expertscape.com.
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