Main sources of open health facility location data for Africa and dataflows between them. Source: South, A., Dicko, A., Herringer, M., Macharia, P. M., Maina, J., Okiro, E. A., ... & van der Walt, A. (2020). A rapid and reproducible picture of open access health facility data in Africa to support the COVID-19 response. Wellcome Open Research, 5(157), 157.

Open Geospatial Data and COVID-19

Mark Altaweel

Some of the key GIS datasets being used today for research and outreach related to COVID-19 are assessed and reviewed.

A picture of open water at a sewage treatment plant.

Testing Sewage Can Predict COVID-19 Spikes

Elizabeth Borneman

The concentration of coronavirus RNA in sewage could point researchers toward a clearer picture of how many residents have been infected by the virus in a specific area.

Maps showing NO2 levels in central and eastern portions of the country from February 10–25 (during the quarantine) and April 20 to May 12 (after restrictions were lifted). Source: NASA.

Rebounding Pollution Levels Mark End of Coronavirus Lockdowns

Elizabeth Borneman

As countries reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, an increase in pollution has been detected by NASA and European satellites.

Using Mobile Phone Data to Limit the Spread of COVID-19

Mark Altaweel

Mobile phone data could be used to limit the spread of the virus while medical experts can also use it to project next steps in fighting a pandemic.

This Map is Tracking the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Near-Realtime

Caitlin Dempsey

An interactive GIS dashboard developed by Johns Hopkins University is mapping COVID-19 cases with near real-time tracking.

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