Live Tracking Coronavirus on a Map

Johns Hopkins CSSE has developed and published a GIS web map tool, whereby you can live track the spread of Coronavirus on a map. I feel the pedigree is important, because when I listen to my Alexa news brief each day, no two news broadcasters have the same numbers.

Like you I want to know how serious this is, especially now that WHO declared Coronavirus as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) and today as a Global Emergency.

You can view the map in detail, zooming into any part of the map and see the geographic spread inasmuch as ‘facts’ have been reported. I suspect given the pedigree and resources, this will be as good information as any.

Adding a glimmer of hope, it not only shows the number of deaths and where they occured, but also the number of people who have recovered and where they are. Of course 140 recoveries out of a current 8,236 people infected is not a number that will have you brimming with confidence.

The information that is of most concern is the spread which is, as is predictable under the circumstances, given that it is believed that people are contagious before they may be aware that they have caught this condition, so the numbers are therefore understated.

Whilst the line for Jan 29th to 3oth may not be as steep as previous days, the only line of real relevance at the moment is the trend line. Putting aside the hype, if you need to know what is going on and where, I recommend this page as the best I have seen so far in seeing what is going on, without any hype.

The hype is bad. A few days ago, some of us saw the 75th commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz Camp where so many people were murdered, mostly for being Jewish, but also for being Gypsys, gay, or for some other reason, less than perfectly Aryan. With tears in their eyes, still, survivors, for whom the nightmares start whenever they close their eyes, even all those years later, told their stories to warn us of racism and of blindly following the lead of other people.

Coronavirus Racism Towards Chinese

Check out the last one above, which just shows the herd mentality, when French Asians are saying “I’m not a”

What I find particularly galling is that this is also happening in New Zealand where we don’t as yet even have a single case of Coronavirus!

I get that there is fear. We all should be worried, but this is not a disease that is caused by or has any respect for race. Yes it started in China, but given that there are now 9 cases in Australia, should we start attacking our cobbers over there too? Keep those Aussies out, we don’t want any of their green and gold germs here!

When the Mosque Shooting happened in Christchurch, I took a good look in the mirror and said to myself, that like most Kiwis, I have made the odd ‘joke’ about the driving capability of some ethnicities, and kept my mouth shut when people make slurs against people because of the colour of their skin, their beliefs, their sexual orientation or where they were born, I will call this out in future.

So that’s what I’m doing today. I’m calling it out. We are better than that. We are in this together. This is a global problem. We are inside a disaster story which will hopefully end as well as it can under the circumstances.

Spreading fear and distrust of people who might be recognisable with their ethnicity (which is often wrong by the way) is wrong on so many levels, especially in New Zealand, where Chinese immigration began in 1853 and history says we weren’t too kind to them then either.

So let’s just continue to focus on the facts. There is a terrible virus out there. It will most likely come to New Zealand. I believe that our Government, our education system, our airports and workplaces are doing their best to if not prevent it arriving, then to contain it.

Our fellow citizens, especially Chinese will be very afraid for themselves, for their families. Now they are afraid of racism and being vilified because of their ethnicity. Let’s nip this in the bud.

About Luigi Cappel

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5 Responses to Live Tracking Coronavirus on a Map

  1. Nicolas says:

    A good thing about the internet is its function to expand knowledge and info. But sometimes, it also spread wrong or misinformation in a hyper state like this.

    No one could sit in a chair to read statistics. There’s always the emotion that plays. Let’s see how soon rational thought could calm the unknown.

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  2. Luigi Cappel says:

    I’m not sure if rational is going to happen any time soon:(


  3. Luigi Cappel says:

    I wonder where everyone else gets their statistics? Because they still all vary a lot, I trust Johns Hopkins which says 17,496 confirmed cases, 362 deaths and 536 survivors. At least the number of survivors is improving as a ratio against deaths and 27 countries.


  4. Luigi Cappel says:

    WOW! In 10 days it has gone to 64,422 confirmed cases and 1,491 deaths. These are of course just the ones we know about.


  5. Luigi Cappel says:

    Reblogged this on Luigicappel's Weblog and commented:

    I wrote this 3 weeks ago. Since then almost 80,000 people have contracted the virus, 2,130 people have died from it and whilst some say it is reaching a plateau, the cruise ship in Yokohama and increasing spread in Asia is growing dramatically.
    I continue to be most disappointed with the racist behaviour all over the world, including my home country of New Zealand. Most of us said that the mosque shooting in Christchurch had changed us and that we would call out inappropriate behaviour when we saw it.
    Well, I’m calling it out. There is plenty of racism in this country and when we stand proud of what makes us Kiwis, we need to embrace the multiculturalism. Yes, this started in China. That does not make people of Chinese ethnicity bad people, or people to be afraid of. I’m sure many of them are far more afraid of each other, but not because of their ethnicity, simply because of where they have been.
    Come on Kiwis, pull up your shorts and set the example. If and when we get Coronavirus, wouldn’t it be ironic if patient one is of European or Polynesian ethnicity. Imagine if people were afraid of us? I know if you read my blogs that you are not racist. I also know we have to call out this scourge when you see it. I’m horrified by news stories of people asking why Asians are allowed on buses, or in our swimming pools. We need to be careful, sure, but we are damaging relationships with our own people here, which will take longer for some to recover from, than the virus.


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