Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Innovu Reproduction Rate Interactive Map

Innovu is presenting a new way to look at Covid-19 data. Our interactive Ro map shows the time lapse progression of the reproduction rate for the Coronavirus throughout the United States.

As of November 9, more than 1 million Americans have contracted COVID-19, and if you have read anything related to the virus, you’ve probably heard the term Ro (Reproduction Number or R Naught). It describes, on average, how many people an infected person is likely to subsequently infect. Mathematically, it’s an extremely complex calculation, but at its core, it explains how easily a disease can spread from person to person.  

A higher reproduction number means that more people will be infected, while a lower reproduction number means that fewer people will be infected. For instance, an Ro of 1 means that each infected person subsequently infects one other person. An Ro of 1.2means that every person will go on to infect 20% more, and this number will grow exponentially.

The Ro of COVID-19 is not constant across the country. It is influenced by how strictly individuals adhere to social distancing and mask wearing. The Ro can help leaders understand if outbreaks are spreading or slowing in their communities. Current data shows that the Ro for the Coronavirus in the United States is between 1 and 1.5. In some communities, the Ro is 1 or less, which means that the spread of COVID-19 has been controlled or is being controlled in those areas.

While deciphering the information around the Novel Coronavirus can be incredibly complex, Innovu wants to simplify this complicated subject and make the data accessible. To see a time-lapse map of how the Ro is changing over time in each state, visit https://innovu.com/covid-solutions.

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