Note: The data in this article is updated daily
A word in advance: In the last article with data on the corona virus, many of you came up with suggestions, questions and critical comments. The reactions have shown that numbers can develop a tremendous force.
If they are high, they are sometimes overwhelming and frightening; if they appear low, they can provide deceptive security. Both emerged from the correspondence. It is therefore important at this point: A number alone is only of limited significance. For a classification it is usually more helpful to look at numbers in relation to another value. In the current corona crisis, for example, the number of infected people in relation to the population of a city or a district.
For example, the severely affected district of Heinsberg in NRW was behind the number of infections on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, behind Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. The metropolises of millions are, however, the three most populous German cities, while the district of Heinsberg has about as many inhabitants as the Schleswig-Holstein state capital Kiel, namely around 250,000. According to the Robert Koch Institute, 391 infected people per 100,000 inhabitants in the district of Heinsberg on Wednesday, more than anywhere else in Germany. For comparison: there were 37 in Berlin, 69 in Hamburg and 89 in Munich. The picture looks different again.
You can find more information about German districts and independent cities a little further down in the first and second infographics. There you can also view the values for your home district or hometown.
In addition, only the verifiably ill cases can be found in the numbers provided. The undisclosed number of those actually infected is likely to be much higher in Germany and worldwide. More information can be found here. In order to provide the best possible care for affected patients, other factors are important, such as the number and availability of (intensive care) beds in a region.
The data in the graphics below are from Robert Koch Institute (RKI) or the American Johns Hopkins University. Both are well-known bodies that use different methods of recording, which can lead to deviations and subsequently to confusion. Read more about how the data is collected and why the results differ.
1) Infections in relation to the population
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Tips for using the graphics: You can switch between displaying as a map and as a bar chart by clicking on the button at the top. In the map view you can search specifically for your home district. For example, if you enter “bark” in the search mask and click on the search hit, the view will zoom in automatically and a window will be displayed with further information on the age and gender of the infected.
The following applies to all graphics: Clicking on the elements in the graphic shows an information window with further details.
2) Absolute number of coronavirus infections
In addition to the relative numbers, the star also an overview of the absolute values. The difference was made clear at the beginning. In the graphic below, the detailed temporal developments in the individual districts and cities – including those at your home – can be called up with a click.
3) Age and gender breakdown
The following table shows how the number of infected people is spread across different age groups and genders.
4) Development of the recorded coronavirus cases in Germany
And finally: the curves. #flattenthecurve has almost turned from a hashtag to an overall social mandate. The goal: to flatten the development of new infections over time so that the health system is not overloaded.
The number of new infections recorded every day can give an impression of how well this works.
The last curve shows the total number of infections confirmed in this country. The fact that it shoots up so steeply is due to the fact that the number does not grow linearly (i.e. constantly the same every day), but exponentially (background to this star Plus: “Everything on hold: that’s why isolation is our only chance”). In addition to the infected, the recovered and deceased can also be found in the graphic.
You can find more figures and graphics on the spread of the corona virus in Germany and around the world here.