The Role of Data Analytics in the Fight Against COVID-19

Ever since its first confirmed case in December 2019, COVID-19 (also known as 2019-nCoV, the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or simply coronavirus) has hit the world hard.


In our fight to reduce global COVID-19 cases, authorities are turning to an unlikely source: Technology.



Data Analytics, the Dark Horse in the Fight Against COVID-19


In the digital age, data and data analytics are some of the most crucial tools to ensure sustainability despite technological advancement – and the healthcare industry is no different.


It may sound far-fetched, but data and data analytics technologies have given humanity a much-needed boost in the fight against COVID-19.


By providing accurate, effective insights from global COVID-19 data, these technologies make it much easier for decision makers in the healthcare industry to make effective decisions.



Data Visualisations as a Monitoring Tool


To the non-data trained, raw data are just numbers. But when you use techniques like data visualisation to give it context, data becomes much more useful to a much wider audience.


In the fight against COVID-19, this has become more important than ever.


For instance, the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) collects and visualises data to easily monitor the spread of the coronavirus.


Such maps allow decision makers to easily identify hotspots, saving lots of time – a highly scarce resource in this fight.