What is your big COVID-19 question

Frequently Asked Questions

Covid Compass provides a simple, credible and authoritative roadmap that shows where we are with the COVID-19 pandemic and where we are headed in four critical areas:

  • Spread: Where we are on the curve of the pandemic, globally and local?
  • Healthcare System: What is the resiliency of the healthcare system, globally and locally?
  • Intervention: How is government intervention working on slowing the pandemic?
  • Socio-economic Impact: What is the economic and social impact of the pandemic?

To fill the data gap and inform the world about the collective effort around COVID-19. The goal is to reveal and contextualize the challenges and to highlight solutions and global progress.

First, for health professionals, policy makers, and leaders, and ultimately for citizens. The data is free and available for redistribution for governments, NGOs, academic institutions, media outlets, and on social media.

Covid Compass arrives at an opportune moment. The COVID-19 pandemic revealed in stark relief unassailable new facts of life.

  • The first is the power of the earth’s biological systems to completely overwhelm industrialized society.
  • The second is how inadequately prepared national governments have been in responding to new conditions.
  • The third is how much relevant data exists about the virus, the behavior of pandemics and how little of that information is being made available to people. Authorities in China, the United States, Italy, and Spain erred in relying on scant remnants of available data that led to delayed action. Scores of people, as a result, were made vulnerable to disease.

This is not just a pandemic, it’s an infodemic.

What’s an infodemic? An excessive amount of information concerning a problem such that the solution is made more difficult.

Despite the global mobilization to tackle COVID-19, there are still many critical and persistent data gaps with the more salient data that is hard to find or siloed. There is an urgent need for a multi-faceted, single source “mission control” to help navigate the pandemic to see the big picture.

Complements and aggregates the most reliable data sources by:

  • Applying additional forward looking analytics
  • Providing contextual comparative data to align previously misaligned data sets
  • Uses a quadrant approach to correlate and compare data across the 4 most critical challenges of the crisis categories.
  • Relies on multiple, vetted data sets
  • Provides valuable context and sentiment analysis not previously available

Among the vital questions Covid Compass answers with predictive analytics are:

  • Are you and your family living in a high-risk or low-risk area?
  • Is the pandemic getting worse or better in my area?
  • When will rates of infection and mortality peak in my area?
  • What are the consequences of the pandemic on jobs and the economy in my region?
  • When will it be safe to resume our lives?
  • Does smoking, air pollution, and population density affect rates of infection and mortality?
  • What are the experimental treatments under evaluation for COVID-19? How well do they work? When will they be ready for general use?
  • Which of the various virus-impeding government policies and practices put in place in the United States and in other nations are most effective?
  • Where are vaccines under development and how quickly will they be made available?
  • Do warmer temperatures affect the virus’s infectious behavior and the pandemic’s spread?

We continually collect data from available global, verified sources to create robust models, provide context for all metrics, present new analyses, and be the ultimate portal for accurate and relevant COVID-19 information.

We present smart maps, charts, timelines and stories within an easy to use interface. Behind the interface, data flows from a robust data pipeline built with Microsoft Azure and GitHub that moves source and modeled data via APIs to a geo-spatial layer provided by Hexagon.

In a first, Covid Compass will develop a simple text-based chat platform that applies advanced predictive analytics and simulation models to deliver timely, data-driven answers. It will also deploy easy-to-navigate charts, interactive maps, motion graphics, and online visual tools. Its audio and video features capture and analyze the voices and sentiments of people around the world. Its journalism highlights seminal trends and translates it into informed narratives.

In effect, Covid Compass developers have moved past the first generation of online pandemic dashboards, which principally measure infections and deaths across regions and track both over time. Online visitors to Covid Compass will quickly gain deeper understanding into the behavior and scope of the pandemic, and gain more penetrating insight to anticipate changes in the pandemic spread and set safety measures for themselves, their families, their businesses, and their communities.

Each compass landing question can be embedded using an iframe. For the embed code please click here (coming soon).

If you are a government agency, you may use the data for your purposes so long as you provide credit. All data, mapping and analysis is provided to the public strictly for educational and academic research purposes. Screenshots of the website are permissible so long as you provide appropriate credit. Except where otherwise noted, the works contained in this website are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

The dashboard is updated daily based on available data. Since the dashboard pulls from multiple data sources, we can not guarantee that all data is current. We strive to keep the data as up-to-date and accurate as possible.

The Covid Compass project uses multiple data sources to create the most complete picture possible about the virus. Data sources include: the World Health Organization, the US National library of Medicine, ESRI, the OECD, the Imperial College, Oxford, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Statista, Lancet, the World Bank, Wired Magazine, Google, the New York Times, the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the US Department of Labor, the International Labor Organization, Covid19india.org, and social media (such as Twitter and Weibei).

The best location to understand how demographic details might play a role in the spread or transmission of COVID-19 is in our Health Compass.

The maps follow the names of nations designated by the U.S. State Department.

The Covid Compass is not designed to diagnose any medical conditions, and is not intended to treat any medical illnesses.

General questions about the map should be directed to covid@circleofblue.org. Members of the media with questions should contact Laura Herd at 231.941.1355 or at covid@circleofblue.org.

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This chart shows you where you are on the spread and how the confinement measures have affected the spread of the disease.

How to use this graph: 

  • Click on top left square that says: Load values from COVID-19 data
  • Choose your country 
  • Play with the drag features