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Unique Covid-19 Sites

Yasunari Ramon Suarez Taguchi - The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines —  If you feel a bit overwhelmed with the current cycle of Covid-19 news and advisories, here are some websites that provide Covid-19 information which don’t necessarily fall into the news/advisories vein – a trio of not-your-typical-Covid-19-websites, if you will.


Presents data-driven estimates of when the Covid-19 pandemic might end in different countries

Maintained by the Singapore University of Technology and Design, this site presents data-driven estimates of when the Covid-19 pandemic might end in various countries.

The estimates are based on a mathematical modeling formula that utilizes variables/data from the coronavirus data site ourworldindata.org, applied with the susceptible-infected-recovered (SIR) differential equation model.

Based on data recorded on April 24, the site’s data-driven model estimates that the Covid-19 pandemic might end in the Philippines by around May 8.


Keeps tabs on how companies/corporations/personalities are behaving during the Covid-19 pandemic

As its name implies, didtheyhelp.com is a site keeps tabs on how good or bad corporations, companies and/or personalities have been in addressing issues and concerns related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Launched in late March with the intention to document all of the good and bad deeds of corporations and public figures during the global health crisis, the site’s highlight is its ranking of “Heroes” and “Zeroes.”

The site is maintained by a worldwide team of volunteers that’s responsible for reviewing/editing submissions. Since its launch, it has garnered over 3 million page-views, over 250,000 unique visitors, and over 2,000 submissions.


The website of an open source project that’s committed to help in epidemiological understanding and improve outbreak response

The nextstrain.org website is a site where laboratories from all over the world can upload data of locally sampled genetic sequences of viruses which can be studied and reviewed by other scientists and researchers.

Characterized as an outbreak library (or an outbreak museum), the site is geared towards providing a “real-time snapshot of evolving pathogen populations” and to “provide interactive data visualizations to virologists, epidemiologists, public health officials and community scientists.”

The site provides open-source tools that are intended to help various locales produce relevant analysis based on publicly available data, apart from providing analyses and situation reports pertaining to SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes the Covid-19 disease.


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