COVID-19 Infection Spread Visuals

The University of Minnestota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy has compiled this set of links to maps and visuals tracking the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. People interested should check these to see the progress of the pandemic. 

The maps are updated frequently as new cases are identified. It's telling to watch where the first cases emerged and where the next ones occured. Spanish Flu took two years to travel around the world, the level of technology a century ago precluding the kind of international travel we take for granted today. One might assume any kind of global pandemic at any time in history would have circulated much faster had it occured today. 

At the moment, public institutions such as gyms and community centres in Tottori have closed at least until the end of March. Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch previously estimated that by summer up to 70% of the human race could become infected, but has since revised his numbers with a lower prediction. In any case, it seems to early to guarantee that even by May the danger will have sufficiently passed for said institutions to resume their regular services. Primary, secondary, and tertiary educational institutions would seem to be in similarly nebulous conditions. 

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