In an effort to maintain people abreast of the unfold of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, which has sickened greater than 240,000 individuals, IBM in the present day introduced the launch of an incident map on The Weather Channel. It will be part of the information and knowledge feeds already accessible on Weather.com and The Weather Channel cell app, which IBM says has greater than 300 million energetic month-to-month customers. Update: IBM now says the Weather Channel map will go stay tomorrow.

The incident map of COVID-19 information, which can leverage information from state and native governments in addition to the World Health Organization, will be part of a dashboard constructed on IBM’s Cognos Analytics suite that’s designed to help researchers, information scientists, and media within the evaluation and filtering of regional info all the way down to the county degree.

Earlier this month, Microsoft launched an identical map that lets customers observe the variety of COVID-19 instances in international locations all over the world and in each U.S. state, drawing from databases maintained by the World Health Organization, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Google is also developing informational tools to supply localized details about the continued outbreak.

It was lately revealed that Facebook, Google, well being specialists, and others are in discussions with the U.S. authorities about how smartphone location information is perhaps used to fight COVID-19, together with monitoring whether or not individuals are conserving each other at secure distances. Public well being specialists are reportedly within the chance that firms may compile the information in nameless, aggregated type, which they may use to map the unfold of the an infection.

“We’re exploring ways that aggregated anonymized location information could help in the fight against COVID-19. One example could be helping health authorities determine the impact of social distancing, similar to the way we show popular restaurant times and traffic patterns in Google Maps,” a Google spokesman informed The Washington Post. “[This] would not involve sharing data about any individual’s location, movement, or contacts.”

IBM launches Weather Channel map to track coronavirus

IBM final week introduced it will coordinate an effort to make supercomputing capability accessible to researchers as a way to assist establish therapies, viable mitigation methods, and vaccines for COVID-19. It additionally launched a brand new Call for Code Global Challenge that can encourage builders to construct open supply applied sciences that tackle a number of areas, together with disaster communication throughout an emergency, methods to enhance distant studying, and how one can encourage cooperative native communities.

“Together, we have the power to use the latest technology in ways that make an immediate and lasting humanitarian impact in local communities and across the globe,” mentioned IBM. “Thank you for answering the call in this unprecedented time in our history.”