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Tuesday 24 March 2020

The infodemic

A pandemic, quantified

There are lots of rumours, suppositions and lies about Covid-19. Our tracker contains numbers you can trust, from testing programmes to Netflix visits. We’ll be updating it throughout the crisis – and beyond

Welcome to Tortoise’s C-19 tracker, a corner of the app devoted to highlighting some of the most important, insightful and reliable data about the pandemic and its side effects.

This will be a constantly changing place. A work in progress. The graphics that we’ve published today will be updated as new data is released, in some cases automatically. And many more graphics will be published throughout the coronavirus outbreak – and beyond.

We have presented the graphics as answers to questions; everything from “How many people are being tested?” to “What’s the effect on people’s livelihoods?”. This is in part because we would like to hear your questions, and to see whether we can find data sets that respond to them.

If you have a question that would fit on the tracker, please email peter@tortoisemedia.com.

How many victims are there?

How fast is the disease spreading?

How does it compare to other pandemics?

What’s the effect on people’s livelihoods?

How are people coping with self-isolation?

How has city life been affected?

What’s the environmental impact?

Coming soon:

  • How are different governments responding?
  • What are people searching for?

Graphics by Chris Newell. Research by Alex Clark, Ella Hollowood and Jack Kessler.


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