The rapid emergence and spread of the Coronavirus has proved one of the most disruptive events to human health, world travel, and even the technology industry in early 2020 – and with some experts warning that the virus could one day become a seasonal outbreak, just how the epidemic might change the face of the world remains up for debate.
Now, a live dashboard compiled by Early Alert aims to track the spread of the Coronavrius in a dashboard that delivers as close to real-time information as there can be. Compiled thanks to information from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the dashboard not only tracks reported cases from around the world, but provides statistical insight into both infection rates and mortality rates.
The dashboard further tracks live travel advisories issued from various governments, and additionally, tracks travel restrictions limiting access in and out of various international airports around the globe. For example, at the time of writing, some 7.5% of all international airports have issued flight restrictions based on the spread of the disease.
The release of the dashboard coincides with not only the tragic human impact of the virus, but further its effect on the technology industry. Giants such as Apple and Samsung have both lowered their shipping estimates to the effect of the virus on production centres in China, and various firms have officially moved to close both their own developers conferences as well as their appearances at major international events, such as the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
What are your thoughts? How else could we track and monitor the spread of epidemics such as the Coronavirus? What effects do you anticipate the virus will have on technology going forward? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!