COVID-19: As numbers reduce – what now?

A little history first I’ve been illustrating the impact of COVID-19 for about 4 months now – and the situation has changed quite a bit. At the start of the outbreak I was measuring cases – and these were growing exponentially. Not long after, rapidly growing death numbers followed...

Irish Government Stripes

I recently saw the #showyourstipes campaign (highlighting climate change) – and I thought these charts looked great. I like the simplicity and the way it uses just one dimension to tell the story (well, two if you count colour). Today Micheál Martin becomes the 15th Taoiseach, so I thought...

Half-way back to ‘Normal’

It certainly feels to me like things are pretty much back to normal following the lockdown – but is that the reality? The truth is we’re only about halfway. With many businesses still closed, people working from home, and schools being closed things still have a long way to...

Lockdown: Are traffic levels getting back to normal?

A really useful measure of how much things have returned to ‘normal’ is the amount of traffic on the roads. From mid-march to early-May the streets seemed virtually empty, but as time goes on it’s clear that things are changing. Apple are publishing data that allows us to track...

COVID-19: A Waffle Chart

It’s easy to get deeply immersed in mountains of COVID-19 data. Every day brings new numbers and people are furiously digging through this just trying to understand if things are getting better or worse. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and look where we are right now....

Mapped growth of COVID-19

Globally deaths accelerated through March and peaked in the middle of April. Thankfully we are now seeing the number of deaths level off or decline in most countries – but this is happening slowly. It took around 50 days to accelerate from 100 daily deaths to the peak of...

COVID-19: Which countries have the biggest problem?

46% of all COVID-19 deaths last week were in Europe and the UK accounted for 24% of European deaths (Ireland @ 2%). The country experiencing the highest number of deaths is by far the US at 34% of all COVID-19 deaths. Aus/NZ had 0.06% of deaths. This is a...

Watch the growth of COVID-19

COVID-19 has touched almost every part of the word. What started in China soon became a European problem, and the US is currently experiencing the highest number of deaths. Europe & North America account for 88% of all deaths up to now....

COVID-19: How does Ireland compare internationally?

Comparing the growth of a virus across different countries can be complicated. Different countries experience outbreaks at different times, they have varying population sizes and population densities, not to mention they are all using slightly different methods for determining what is included/excluded. In the early days of an outbreak...

COVID-19: A picture of the whole island

Trying to piece together data from two jurisdictions brings its challenges. Currently gov.ie are publishing the number of cases in the Republic every day – broken down for each of the 26 counties. In the North hscni.net are publishing similar data for each of the 11 councils. It’s clear...