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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.

Covid19 country comparison

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. But just a few offer a seamless onboarding – location agnostic – as only remote organizations can offer. 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. 

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?”. Search Listening is the way to research this global challenge. The coronavirus crisis highlights the potential of Data Visualization.

Some countries took early action. Singapore’s government hired experts for preparing for a pandemic already in 2010. The Black Swan 🦢outlines why unlikely events are not unforeseeable and their meaning in Innovation and Crisis Management.

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

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