Here’s how data visualization designers help us understand and react to the corona crisis.

The Washington Post’s graphic reporter Harry Stevens produced a beautiful story with animations to explain how a virus spreads exponentially and what impact different forms of social distancing and lockdown have on the spreading of the virus. The Washington Post offers this story for free and translated in 13 languages so that anyone with a computer can see this important information.



Meanwhile, Reuters’ Graphics Team visually explained how coronavirus cases exploded in South Korean churches and hospitals. The infographic shows how the virus at first was contained by tracing all the contacts of the first 30 people who either brought the virus into the country from Wuhan, China or contracted the virus locally. But then patient 31 was found, who in the days before her diagnosis had visited several crowded spots. Over 5.000 infected people can be traced down to this patient, some 60 percent of all cases now in South Korea.

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This video by the Irish public broadcaster RTE shows a time lapse of the spread of the virus over time between 1 January and 20 March


To keep track of the actual spread of the disease throughout the world, you can turn to the on Microsoft’s Bing platform. Based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control the interactive map shows a world full of red dots, as if infected by the measles.

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The count of recorded cases in the world as represented on the COVID-19-tracker, now around 400.000 cases (with luckily over 100.000 recovered cases included), probably must be multiplied several times as this infographic on the BBC’s website suggests.