Featured sources, Oct. 11

As I promised in previous weeks, I’ve compiled all the data sources featured in this newsletter into a resource spreadsheet. The doc includes 56 sources, sorted by category (schools, testing, etc.) with descriptions and notes from past newsletters. I’ll keep adding to it in future weeks!

(Editor’s note, Jan. 2: The resource list is now a page on this website.)

  • The Human Mortality DatabaseThis database includes detailed population and mortality data for 41 countries. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team behind the database has started compiling weekly death counts, which can be used for excess death calculations; they have compiled counts for 34 countries so far.
  • SARS-CoV-2 Superspreading Events: Superspreading events, or instances in which many people are infected with the novel coronavirus at once, have been identified as a major force behind the spread of COVID-19. This database includes over 1,400 superspreading events from around the world, with information on each event’s timing, location, inside/outside setting, and more.
  • COVID-19 Risk Levels Dashboard: A new map from the Harvard Global Health Institute and other public health institutions allows users to see the COVID-19 risk for every U.S. county. These risk levels are calculated based on daily cases per 100,000 population (7-day rolling average).
  • New York Times College and University COVID-19 counts: The NYT is now releasing the data behind its counts of COVID-19 cases reported on college and university campuses, which the paper has been collecting in surveys since July. The survey includes over 1,700 colleges. This initial data release only includes cumulative data as of September 8—and it does not include denominators. NYT reports that the data will be updated “approximately every two weeks.”

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