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 202 countries/territories of the Globe with 638,146 infected and 30, 039 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 first cognizance by WHO in early January, the virus has rapidly spread throughout 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 that 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 great as those seen during the World Wars.
We at BRIDGEi2i have been keenly watching the developments regarding the pandemic and have been analysing it with some data-centric curiosity. We feel that the availability of data improves the understanding of any problem before us and can help us fight it better. By studying the recent trends closely, we have developed this COVID dashboard which collates information from various industries/ sources and visualizes their impact for the sectors/economy/community as the case might be.