Microsoft developed and launched a new interactive Bing map that provides information regarding the spread of COVID-19, the disease provoked by the novel coronavirus.
About The Map
The map displays the number of cases in regards to individual countries, organized by the number of currently active cases, recovered cases, and unfortunately, fatal cases.
Source Of The Data
According to Microsoft, the tool is pulling data from a roster of sources, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), and Wikipedia.
The tool doesn’t reveal how often the data is updated, but it appears that the data is refreshed at least once every hour.
Even though the case numbers that are pulled by the tool appear consistent, Microsoft’s tracker seems to be experiencing trouble surfacing true news stories.
The tracker seems to display some outdated data in certain cases. In the Netherlands, the most recent article on the Dutch map is about two weeks old, even though the country’s government decided to shut down public places, including restaurants and schools yesterday.
Microsoft isn’t the sole company that is working on providing information resources about the scary pandemic.
Google announced that they would launch a website “late Monday” that will feature information about the outbreak, including tips to prevent its spread and links to local resources. Google is also displaying information about the novel coronavirus on its homepage, Maps, and YouTube, which shows that they are taking things seriously.
Google is also introducing a limited coronavirus screening website that is only available to people in the Bay Area of California at the moment, in contrast to the nationwide service that is reportedly being developed by the Government of the United States.