The Center for Systems Science and Engineering has launched an online dashboard that is tracking the spread of the deadly coronavirus as it makes its way across China and beyond.
Coronavirus is believed to have originated in Wuhan City, in Hubei province, China, and so far has killed more than 1,300 people and sickened nearly 60,000 in mainland China alone. Despite efforts by the Chinese government to quarantine the virus, cases have also been confirmed across Asia, India, Australia, Europe, and North America.
The live dashboard pulls data from the World Health Organization (WHO) -- as well as the centers for disease control in the US, China and Europe -- to show all confirmed and suspected cases of coronavirus, along with recovered patients and deaths. The data is visualized through a real-time graphic information system (GIS) powered by Esri.View Now at GIS
As of Thursday, there have been 15 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States and one confirmed death of an American. In addition to those patients, US health officials are currently monitoring more than 100 people across the country for the virus. Those infected with coronavirus are exhibiting pneumonia-like symptoms, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Additional resources for tracking the virus include this page from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and another from the WHO. These websites list up to date news on the spread of the virus as well as situation reports and maps of infected areas. Researchers from the University of Oxford, Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital and Northeastern University have also launched a virus tracking website with real-time updates.
Coronavirus was first reported to the WHO on Dec. 31, with Chinese investigators linking the disease to the coronavirus family of viruses, which also includes the deadly SARS and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).
Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, has maintained the position that the public risk from coronavirus in the US right now is still considered low. Messonnier said the strategy behind the US response to coronavirus is to slow it down, not stop it.
"It's important to know that this strategy is not meant to catch every single traveler returning from China with novel coronavirus," said Messonnier, at a press briefing last Monday. "Given the nature of this virus and how it's spreading, that would be impossible. But working together, we can catch the majority of them."
Nonetheless, financial markets are on edge amid fears of a global pandemic. The DOW Industrial has crashed and rebounded several times over the last two weeks, and Chinese stocks have plunged as the coronavirus outbreak worsens.
Individual technology companies are also reporting uncertainty surrounding the Chinese market and the impact of the coronavirus. Apple noted in its first-quarter financial results that the coronavirus outbreak in China is affecting operations, and Google has closed offices and limited business travel. There are also concerns that the broader technology supply chain in China will be disrupted by the virus.
The Mobile World Congress technology conference in Barcelona, Spain was canceled due to coronavirus fears and dwindling corporate attendance. A number of high profile companies pulled out of the event before it was canceled -- including Amazon, Facebook, Cisco, Intel, Sony, Nvidia, LG and Ericsson -- and event organizers preemptively banned all attendees from Hubei province.