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Old 03-24-2020, 08:43 PM   #1
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Data sources?

I'm interested in data sources for coronavirus.

I'd like one that is impartial, meaning having no significant interest in overstating or understating the statistics.

I'd like one that is accurate.

I'd like one that shows trends in number of tests, positive cases, recovered, and deaths over time.

I'd like one that covers the US.

I don't need fancy graphics.

The one I've been using is https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us. It meets most of my needs.

I note that its numbers don't completely match up with numbers from other sources. Of course it's difficult to get 100% accurate numbers given the present situation.

Anyone have other sources they're using that they think are good?
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Old 03-24-2020, 08:48 PM   #2
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That one is good. The Johns Hopkins site has become the standard for worldwide stats, though in the last day their graph dropped deaths and recoveries for some reason:

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

I like this one that can filter by region/country, though the colors are garish:

https://covid19info.live/
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I like

https://covidtracking.com/data/

You can look at your state's historical data to see how fast positives are doubling. The numbers may be misleading if increased testing confounds the rate.
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You might like this one:

https://politicalcalculations.blogsp...vid-19-in.html
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The "flatten the curve" meme has succeeded in infecting human minds as successfully as the new coronavirus has succeeded in infecting human bodies. What is frustrating (for me) is that I don't have access to high quality data that would give me an indication of the extent to which we are "flattening the curve". For example, it would be useful to know on a daily basis for every medical facility capable of treating COVID-19 patients:
• current resource utilization percentage, all illnesses
• current resource utilization percentage, due to COVID-19
• is COVID-19 triage occurring (i.e., are doctors rationing health care due to limited medical resources?)

Summary U.S. medical resource utilization statistics could be calculated from the raw data, and also plotted on a map. This would be more useful to me than the two numbers that currently feature prominently on the CDC website: total COVID-19 cases and total deaths.

Disclaimer: I'm not an expert on public health policy. The CDC may already have the data I'm requesting and just doesn't make it public for some reason.
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I think this is the best data available: https://covidtracking.com/data/

For your criteria:
  • I'd like one that is impartial, meaning having no significant interest in overstating or understating the statistics. Yes
  • I'd like one that is accurate.It's straight from each state's official tallies. They provide a letter grade for the quality of each state's data and give the rubric they used to calculate it.
  • I'd like one that shows trends in number of tests, positive cases, recovered, and deaths over time.You can download the entire data set and massage it any way you like. Most of the U.S. is not tracking recoveries, so you just won't find accurate data for that.
  • I'd like one that covers the US. Yes
  • I don't need fancy graphics. Yes
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My county public health dept publishes daily stats for the county with the info the OP asked about. The numbers do not match the stats on the web places that aggregate data from everywhere, so it is clear to me that those other sites are behind a few days in gathering and publishing stats.

While it may be interesting to know what is going on in other states, I want to know if the folks living around me are testing positive, staying at home, getting hospitalized, dying, and/or recovering. Also shown are the number of people with pending test results.
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https://covid19.healthdata.org/projections if you are interested in model projections for the US and by each state.

It appears during today's White House presser that Dr. Bruke and Dr. Fauci use this model or it matched their own internal models.

Of course models are only as good as their assumptions, but it is nice to see the projected peak of my state.
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I have been using this site,

https://bnonews.com/index.php/2020/0...navirus-cases/

although I don't know if it is any good or what. I haven't tried any other website. This one does update the Louisiana numbers every day and provides the same numbers as the Louisiana Office of Public Health web page. It also has numbers for other states, as well as countries throughout the world.
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I have been using this site,

https://bnonews.com/index.php/2020/0...navirus-cases/

although I don't know if it is any good or what. I haven't tried any other website. This one does update the Louisiana numbers every day and provides the same numbers as the Louisiana Office of Public Health web page. It also has numbers for other states, as well as countries throughout the world.



What is "BNO" news? I can't find anything about them
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What is "BNO" news? I can't find anything about them
https://bnonews.com/index.php/contact-us/

BNO News B.V. is incorporated in the Netherlands and registered by the Chamber of Commerce under nr. 17264724.
Our mailing address is:
Hertensprong 29
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BNO_News
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https://bnonews.com/index.php/contact-us/

BNO News B.V. is incorporated in the Netherlands and registered by the Chamber of Commerce under nr. 17264724.
Our mailing address is:
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https://covidtracking.com/data/

You can look at your state's historical data to see how fast positives are doubling. The numbers may be misleading if increased testing confounds the rate.
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I think this is the best data available: https://covidtracking.com/data/
Thank you! I like this one, and bookmarked it. I especially like the historical info provided, so we can see at a glance how fast or slow COVID-19 is increasing in different states.
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The "flatten the curve" meme has succeeded in infecting human minds as successfully as the new coronavirus has succeeded in infecting human bodies. What is frustrating (for me) is that I don't have access to high quality data that would give me an indication of the extent to which we are "flattening the curve". For example, it would be useful to know on a daily basis for every medical facility capable of treating COVID-19 patients:
• current resource utilization percentage, all illnesses
• current resource utilization percentage, due to COVID-19
• is COVID-19 triage occurring (i.e., are doctors rationing health care due to limited medical resources?)

Summary U.S. medical resource utilization statistics could be calculated from the raw data, and also plotted on a map. This would be more useful to me than the two numbers that currently feature prominently on the CDC website: total COVID-19 cases and total deaths.

Disclaimer: I'm not an expert on public health policy. The CDC may already have the data I'm requesting and just doesn't make it public for some reason.
There are a lot of people who are very busy right now trying to gather data and understand its meaning. It is no surprise to me that publicly available information is a little raggedy-andy and even inconsistent. With respect, that is data mostly for tourists and I would submit that entertaining tourists should not be a particularly high priority. Said another way, the priority for data should be to provide it to those who can determine whether it is actionable and who can actually take action.

As I said in another thread, disaster incident management is not a well-oiled and proven machine that was just waiting to be started. Yes, there is structure to the extent of the FEMA Incident Command System (ICS) that has been trained nationally for a number of years but each disaster is different and the people pulled together to do the work are going to be mostly people who do not know each other and have not worked together before. This is complicated by a plethora of politicians ranging from local mayors and sheriffs to the POTUS. All of them think they are in charge and all of them are trying to elbow out competitor politicians for television time. Demand from this mostly useless lot makes things even more difficult for those who are trying to compile actionable information and get it to the right folks. Tourists have to be lower priority.

Anybody really bored at home, here is an online introduction to the ICS: https://emilms.fema.gov/IS0100c/curriculum/1.html It will give you a feel for what is happening behind the scenes. FWIW I attended the three-day in-person ICS-300 class maybe 5 years ago and one of the agencies present was our state health department --- worried about planning for pandemics! We also had wildland fire, sheriffs, local police & fire, etc. The discussions were fascinating.
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Side note: this epidemic with different term definitions, sampling techniques, and amateur interpretations is how you drive a test engineer crazy.
"Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics".

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This one isn't a 'source' per se, but uses data from NYTimes and CovidTracking and displays it in some very nice and easily customizable graphs. US Only.

https://www.us-covid-tracker.com/
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This is not a new data source, but I thought it was an interesting way of looking at the existing data and identifying some of the smaller areas that we might not realize are being hit hard because their total case counts are low.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/a...rus-infection/

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The data reveal some surprising patterns in infection rates at the county level after adjusting for population size. For example, many county clusters—such as those around Albany, Ga., Detroit, Nashville, Tenn., and parts of Mississippi and Arkansas—had relatively large numbers of cases per capita. As of March 29, the county cluster encompassing New York State, New Jersey and Massachusetts still had the most confirmed infections both overall and per capita: 76,273 cases, or about 22 per 10,000 people. Yet Albany, Ga., had the second-highest number per capita: 13 cases per 10,000 people. That figure was much higher than those of other well-known hotspots, such as Seattle, which had about eight cases per 10,000, and San Francisco, which had two per 100,000.
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This site shows information gathered by the Kinsa Smart thermometers. They have been tracking fevers for a number of years in order to predict where flu outbreaks will occur. They are doing the same now with Covid-19. You can look up your county.

https://healthweather.us/?mode=Atypical
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All of the sites need to be taken with a grain of salt.

California ranks 3rd for number of cases in the US but has a huge backlog of tests. They also have extremely strict testing criteria... You pretty much need to be ready to be hospitalized in order to be tested. This is, without doubt, lowering the number of confirmed cases.
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