More than 53,780 people (and counting) have recovered from COVID-19, the latest strain of coronavirus to sweep the globe since first appearing in Wuhan, China, last December.
That is one of many statistics that can be tracked on an interactive dashboard hosted by the Centre for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
The web-based dashboard, which went public on January 22nd, illustrates the location and number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries for all affected countries, visualizing and tracking each reported cases in real-time.
“It was developed to provide researchers, public health authorities and the general public with a user-friendly tool to track the outbreak as it unfolds,” reads a description on the university’s website.
The dashboard highlights all reported cases of COVID-19 at the province level in Mainland China, which, at the time of this writing, has reported 80,422 cases of the virus, the highest of any country.
South Korea ranks second with 6,088 cases with Italy trailing behind in third with 3,858 cases.
The total confirmed cases worldwide is 97,841 as of Thursday afternoon, the dashboard claims.
The data for Johns Hopkins’ dashboard was originally processed and managed manually, with updates being inputted twice a day, both morning and night.
However, as the COVID-19 outbreak began to spread, it adopted “a semi-automated living data stream strategy,” the university’s website explains.
“Our primary data source is DXY, an online platform run by members of the Chinese medical community, which aggregates local media and government reports to provide COVID-19 cumulative case totals in near real-time at the province level in China and country level otherwise,” a description reads.
Every 15 minutes, “the cumulative case counts are updated from DXY for all provinces in China and affected countries and regions.”
For city level case reports in the U.S., Australia, and Canada, the university says it relies on data from the U.S CDC, Government of Canada, Australia Government Department of Health and various other state or territory health authorities.
The university says it is currently in the process of “conducting additional modelling” of the COVID-19 outbreak.
“We are all in this together..."
The 53,786 patients worldwide who have recovered from COVID-19 greatly outnumbers the amount of worldwide deaths (3,347).
COVID-19 continues to spread around the globe, with new cases of the virus being reported daily.
There are currently 37 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada. The latest cases are a woman in her 50s who returned to Kitchener, Ont., from Italy and a man who returned to Toronto from Iran.
Many travel suppliers in Canada have begun to offer special promotions to assist travel agents in the face of an increasingly-nervous marketplace.
The promotions include waiving penalties for date and destination changes to even allowing people the freedom to cancel altogether for a full credit.
This week the Association Of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA) applauded those suppliers who have stepped up to the plate during what is, undoubtedly, a difficult time for business.
“We are all in this together and it is great to see the industry pull together like this during this emergency," said Wendy Paradis, president of ACTA, on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Government of Canada has advised travellers to check their destination before leaving on a trip and to educate themselves on potential risks.
“Travellers should expect increased health screening measures at points of entry for international destinations, including airports,” the Government’s website says. “Local authorities may impose control measures suddenly, including movement restrictions such as quarantines.”
Airports everywhere are implementing preventive measures, too. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has a published document listing all the countries where restrictions are in place. (Click here to view it).
There is no vaccine or treatment to prevent coronaviruses and most people with a common coronavirus illness will recover on their own, the Canadian Government says.
The Government also lists its recommendations for reducing the risk of contracting COVID-19 while travelling.
- proper handwashing (soap and water for at least 20 seconds)
- using alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap isn’t available
- staying away from raw food and undercooked meat
- avoiding high-risk areas such as farms, live animal markets and areas where animals may be slaughtered.
- avoiding close contact with people who may be sick.
- avoiding contact with animals (alive or dead), including pigs, chickens, ducks and wild birds, and items contaminated with their body fluids.
The Government of Canada maintains that the public health risk associated with COVID-19 is low for Canada and for Canadian travellers, adding that the risk level will vary depending on the destination.
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