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What is an Infodemic and how to report Covid19?

An infodemic is an overabundance of information – some accurate and some not – occurring during an epidemic. It makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it. Here is the Covid19 crisis story told by a set of charts and maps.

What is an infodemic?

An infodemic is an overabundance of information – some accurate and some not – occurring during an epidemic. It makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it. Even when people have access to high-quality information, there are still barriers they must overcome to take the recommended action.

What is the meaning of Infodemiology?

Infodemiology is defined as the science of managing infodemics. The overall aim of this consultation is to take stock of relevant research and effective practices and define public health research needs in order to advance this field.

How to protect yourself in an infodemic?

Data can tell a story – but which story

A picture says more than a thousand words. An animation shows the hidden patterns in a complex challenge like “How to fight a virus?”. The coronavirus crisis highlights the potential of Data Visualization. 

All graphics are based on data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, as published by Our World in Data. 

Numbers for confirmed/reported cases are meaningful only in a limited way since most cases have not been confirmed and most confirmed cases have recovered.

Data visualizations are done by the amazing team of Flourish and the award-winning data studio to visualize and tell stories with data. 

Why did we put this collection together?

The coronavirus crisis creates an unparalleled amount of data points. As the nature of the coronavirus is not so different in each country, we can learn a lot through comparisons. There´s no shortage of data and certainly there´s no shortage of brilliant data visualization tools. 

COVID19: Impact breakdown by country

COVID19: Confirmed cases by country

COVID19: Confirmed cases since 100th case

COVID19 Europe view: deaths by country

COVID19 World view: deaths by country

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