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.
is believed to have originated in Wuhan City, in Hubei province, China, and so far has killed more than 2,200 people and sickened more than 75,000 in mainland China alone. Despite efforts by the Chinese government to contain the virus' spread, cases have been confirmed across the globe, including Asia, India, Australia, the UAE, 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 Friday, there have been 16 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States and one confirmed death of an American abroad. In addition to those patients, US health officials are currently monitoring hundreds of people across the country for the virus, as well as infected cruise ship passengers still quarantined in Japan. 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).
The US CDC has maintained the position that the public risk from coronavirus in the US right now is still considered low. Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said the coronavirus strategy in the US is to slow and minimize the spread of the virus, not to 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 previous press briefing. "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 few weeks, and Chinese stocks have plunged as the coronavirus outbreak worsens.
Individual technology companies have also reported uncertainty surrounding the Chinese market and the impact of the coronavirus. There are also concerns that the broader technology supply chain in China will be disrupted by the virus.
Apple noted in its first-quarter financial results that the coronavirus outbreak in China is affecting operations, and then revealed earlier this week that it would be missing its second quarter guidance due to the continued impact of the virus. Apple said the outbreak has hit its iPhone supply chain and lowered demand in China following the temporary closure of its stores in the Middle Kingdom. Meantime, Beijing extended the nation's Lunar New Year holiday, and factories have been slower to reopen across the country following the outbreak.
"While our iPhone manufacturing partner sites are located outside the Hubei province -- and while all of these facilities have reopened -- they are ramping up more slowly than we had anticipated," Apple said. "These iPhone supply shortages will temporarily affect revenues worldwide."
What's more, the Mobile World Congress technology conference in Barcelona was officially 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.