March 19

COVID-19 data – Where can we get it and what are the facts?

Discover Data, Discover Stats, The Captain's Blog

Coronavirus has spread across the world like some kind of apocalyptic zombie plague from the movies. I don't wish to make light of it, but it feels so unreal. What we need are ​COVID-19 data and verifiable facts, and maybe then we can all start to get some real-world perspective about how to deal with the huge changes in our lives.


Political Self-Interest

​Unfortunately, we live in a world where political self-interest is more important to some world leaders than doing the right thing and saving the lives of their fellow human beings (there are at least 4 leaders of the First World that immediately spring to mind - see if you can guess who they are...).

We seem to get more misinformation than facts, like gargling with bleach, inhaling hot air from a hair dryer, or singing 'Heads, shoulders, knees and toes' while standing on one foot and drinking water up your nose via a straw.

Yes, I made that last one up, and, no, please don't do any of these. None will help and some will harm - they're all completely made up!

COVID-19 Data and Facts

So what can we do as data scientists and analysts?

Well, for a start, we can do what we do best - we can source the data, do some analysis and determine ​the facts.

​In the words of W Edwards Deming “In God we trust, all others must bring data!”.

​COVID-19 – Where are the data and verifiable facts? #​COVID-19 #​datascience #​stats @eelrekab @chi2innovations

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COVID-19 Data Forum

So to help in the quest for data and facts, I have opened a COVID-19 data forum where we can discuss and share information about data and analysis, so we can find answers to questions such as:

  • ​What data do we have about ​COVID-19?
  • Where can we find reliable and trustworthy COVID-19 data?
  • What analysis has been done or is being done?
  • Who is doing the research?
  • Who is analysing the data?
  • What are the results?
  • Where are they being published?
  • What misinformation can we debunk?

​Register to Get Access to the Forum

The forum is open to all, but to make sure we're not spammed to high heaven by opportunists​ you must be registered ​to be granted access.

That's easy to do.

All you need to do is ​take up any of our Hive membership plans - including The Free Plan.

This will take just a few seconds and you will get immediate access.

You will also be subscribed to our newsletter, but you can immediately unsubscribe from that if you don't want it.​

And before anybody says it - no, this is not blatant self-publicising. I am genuinely trying to help data scientists cut through the noise and get to the real facts.

Because if we don't do it, who else will?

​To get immediate access to the forum you need to register. You can do that here:

Just select The Free Plan and follow the instructions. You'll be done in just a few seconds and will have instant access.

​The Forum

​Once you've registered, you can get directly to the forum here:

Just select The Free Plan and follow the instructions. You'll be done in just a few seconds and will have instant access.

So do you have any information about ​COVID-19 data?

​If we all pull together to make this forum a place of data and verifiable facts (opinion and casual observation can stay at the door), we might just be able to make a difference in the fight against COVID-19.​

COVID-19 Data - Where can we get it and what are the facts?


COVID-19, data analysis, data science, statistics, stats

Lee Baker

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About the Author

Lee Baker is an award-winning software creator that lives behind a keyboard in a darkened room. Illuminated only by the light from his monitor, he aspires to finding the light switch.

With decades of experience in science, statistics and artificial intelligence, he has a passion for telling stories with data.

His mission is to help you discover your inner Data Ninja!

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