Understanding the data behind COVID-19 headlines
As we’re all aware, COVID-19 has changed the way we live and work dramatically, especially in countries which have observed lockdowns or declared a state of emergency.
On 30th March, the UK Government briefing (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDYRXx32Dt0&feature=youtu.be&t=654) explored the data behind social distancing and the impact it’s having on transmission. Elsewhere, we’ve seen the US Centre for Disease Control & Prevention share graphs on its social channels to explain the ‘flatten the curve’ concept (https://twitter.com/CDCgov/status/1245121661688590341?s=20). And around the world, news outlets are using maps, charts and data to keep us informed of developments.
What are your thoughts on how data is being presented to the public? And what role do you think data literacy can play in helping all of us to better understand the headlines we’re seeing and the advice we’re being given? Would love to hear people’s views!