We at BRIDGEi2i have been keenly watching the developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and have been analysing it with some data-centric curiosity. We feel that availability of coronavirus case data improves the understanding of any problem before us and can help us fight it better. By studying the recent coronavirus global numbers closely, we have developed this COVID-19 Global Monitor which collates information from various industries/ sources and visualizes their impact for the sectors/economy/community as the case might be.
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. The particular novel coronavirus (nCoV)—wreaking havoc across 203 countries/territories of the Globe with 697,244 infected and 33,257 dead right now—has not been previously identified in humans, and therefore has no known cure or vaccine to prevent it. The virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or mucus discharge through coughs or sneezes, and can survive on surfaces for several hours thereby increasing the possibility of infection spreading through physical contact with that surface. Since its discovery in early January, the virus has rapidly spread through out Asia followed by United States, France, Australia and the Middle East leading WHO to declare it a Global Emergency.
Countries have been trying hard to manage this pandemic through a policy of wider diagnosis, treatment and containment but to limited success. Since no early cure seems in sight, it is widely thought that a policy of isolation can buy more time and probably develop some herd-immunity among the population can flatten the curve. This has led to measures of social distancing, lockdowns and travel and several other restrictions being put in place across geographies—with a direct impact on trade, commerce, industry and the economy. The financial implication of these measures is thought of to be as catastrophic as during the World Wars. Follow our website as we continue to monitor coronavirus cases and the global numbers.