Testing for the Virus

Pandemic. The threat is real. The novel Coronavirus / COVID-19 continues infecting populations across the nations of the world. As people isolate and economies shut down an admonition comes to mind. We need extensive testing to effectively measure, monitor and manage this disease


We Need Metrics

The spread of the disease is visible and invisible. Its vectors for transmission are coming into view and we need to ramp up measuring and monitoring scientifically, using best practices in data science, to track the extent of the disease and its spread.

Remember NASA’s entreaty — You can manage only what you can measure. Testing to know and monitor the extent of the disease, its shifting baseline, its change over time community by community, is essential to manage and eventually control the current Coronavirus pandemic.


Via GreenPolicy360 / Measure to Manage


Coronavirus (COVID-19) / Statistics Data


A primary goal of governments, of the public health and medical community, must be to speed testing availability — and measure/monitor to provide the data and intelligence with which to manage the disease.

An Open Letter to Congress for Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic with Data

U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking

Prioritizing high-quality data and a robust data infrastructure will bolster our country’s capabilities to understand and address the current pandemic with sound policies, while also preparing for future crises in the years ahead.

We need to “flatten the curve” of new COVID-19 cases. Mitigation strategies must be targeted, immediate, and resilient. Data-driven decision making provides the means to make sound, effective policy.


Open Data Sources and COVID-19


About Coronavirus data

It changes rapidly

The data changes rapidly and might not reflect some cases still being reported.

It only includes people tested

Cases only include people who were tested and confirmed positive. Testing rules and availability vary by country. Some areas may not have data because they haven’t published their data or haven’t done so recently.

Data reports

COVID-19 data comes from multiple sources with Wikipedia aggregating cases and updating real-time case reports from resources around the world.
Daily situation reports are also available on the World Health Organization site.