The COVID 19 Impact Dashboard provides a simple, digestible portal into the data on cases and deaths worldwide for the COVID-19 pandemic beginning in January 2020 when the first deaths were reported in China. This dashboard is at the heart of the COVID-19 Impact Project. Beginning with country level statistics in 2020, it now allows for the disaggregation of data into geographic granularity revealing local impact and trends.
Call for Collaborators
The COVID-19 Impact Project has an open source github repository at
which invites developers and designers to enhance the source code and help fulfil the technical and aesthetic vision for the project.
Our collective efforts will aid in:
- Enhancing the public data repository to drill down to community-level statistics.
- Connecting to statistics on essential workers and disproportionately affected communities.
- Supporting community-driven mourning and memorialization.
- Driving political action to remedy systemic inequalities laid bare by the pandemic from the local to the national level.
Data Sources for the Dashboard
- The playback feature shown in the video below allows the user to easily view daily or cumulative cases and deaths for the top 7 affected areas worldwide beginning at first reporting on January 22, 2020. The dropdown menu and slider allow the user to pinpoint a specific date in the pandemic and drill down into the data for that date.
The video above demonstrates the “playback” feature of the COVID-19 Impact Dashboard. User can simply “play” through the pandemic from the first reported case. The “pause” button allows user to stop at any particular date and dive into the statistics for that date using other features like “Regions” and “Trends” described below.
- Regions and Trends: The dashboard allows the user to easily understand proportional impact of the pandemic on populations in different regions of the world (statistics per 100,000 population) and to compare cases and deaths for any two regions of the world or any two subdivisions in a region of the world (ex states and/or counties).
In the “Regions” tab, Deaths per 100,000 is a useful way to move beyond the raw numbers and understand the impact on a specific geographic location or population. In the example above, New York has a lower percent of the total deaths in the USA (7.8%), BUT at 296.9 deaths per 100,000 our population has endured a greater impact than California which has the greatest total share of deaths in the USA (9.5%) but less severe population impact than New York at 189.3 deaths per 100K.
Trends provide a visual comparison of two regions selected by the user. In this case the user can compare trends in cumulative deaths between two counties in the state of Texas.
Dashboard Tools and Technologies
Coding languages, libraries, and tools used to build the COVID-19 Dashboard
- bash scripts