Six months ago, the coronavirus had no name, but since January the virus has exploded, traveling the world and making nearly 13.5 million people sick, a new animation shows.
Data visualization designers at Global Stats used data from the World Health Organization (WHO) Situation Reports to create a timelapse video showing how the number of cases is increasing in different countries around the world.
It also shows how mortality rates have shifted as the virus has spread and the dynamics of the pandemic have changed, as well as milestones over time, such as the first known case and when COVID-190 was declared a pandemic.
The frustration has intensified as scientists and policymakers have made efforts to understand and respond to the coronavirus. Global Stats’ timelapse exposes what a tight race the world has endured.
Today, only a handful of countries in the world – mostly small island states such as Tonga, Samoa, and Micronesia – remain unaffected by coronavirus.
But in December, the then-unnamed virus was nothing more than a curious cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, China.
Health officials in China first reported the outbreak of pneumonia believed to be related to an open-air seafood and wild game market in Wuhan on December 31.
On January 10, China reported the first death that appeared to have been caused by the mysterious virus. According to Global Stats’ animation, 59 cases were known at the time.
Two weeks after reporting the new illness, it made the leap to another country. A woman in her sixties who had not been on the fish market was found to be infected with the new virus.
Only two weeks after the new disease was first reported to WHO, the first case outside of China, in Thailand, was reported
On January 20, the disease was identified as a new coronavirus and the US had its first case.
By the end of the month, more than 11,000 people had coronavirus, 244 had died (all in China), and the WHO had declared the outbreak to be “a public health emergency of international concern.”
From there, the infections exploded. China unveiled nearly 15,000 previously unreported cases in mid-February, after which the virus had killed more than 1,300 people in three countries and infected more than 58,000.
The vast majority of cases were still in China, but a small number of cases began to spread around the world, including in Europe, the US, Canada, Australia, Russia and South Asia, as evidenced by the small gray dots on Global Stats’ animated map.
On February 11, the virus was called SARS-CoV-2, a name that nods to its close relationship to the virus that caused SARS more than a decade earlier. The disease caused by the new virus was called COVID-19.
On February 27, WHO Director General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned: “We are at a critical point. My message to each of these countries [with outbreaks] is: This is your chance to act now. ‘
By the end of that month, more than 86,000 people had been diagnosed with coronavirus and nearly 3,000 had died, bringing the global death rate to more than three percent – a rate more than three times that of flu.
Until March 9, U.S. President Trump still insisted that coronavirus resembled the flu and killed far fewer people than the flu annually in the United States.
The animation shows how dramatically the coronavirus has spread around the world with outbreaks in almost every country and more than 10 million infections by June 28
In March, he revealed that a friend had contracted coronavirus and had fallen into a coma. President Trump called it “vicious”. A week in March, more than 100 countries.
On March 11, WHO Dr. Tedros on COVID-19 a pandemic, after weeks of pressure. The virus had spread to more than 125,000 people and killed more than 4,500 people.
By mid-month, there were more cases of coronavirus outside of China than in the country where it originated, and on March 26, the US officially became the epicenter of the pandemic with more cases than any other country.
On April 1, WHO reported that the number of deaths had doubled in just a week.
The deaths of more than 2,000 Americans were reported in one day, April 11, setting a worldwide record.
The death rate peaked in April, at around seven percent worldwide and nine percent in Europe.
On April 25, there were more than 200,000 deaths worldwide. Nearly three million people had contracted the virus. Just over a month later, deaths in the US surpassed 100,000, and shortly thereafter, the death toll became the highest in the world, overtaking the number of fatalities in the UK.
As of June 28, more than 10 million people had been infected and more than 500,000 had died from the coronavirus, which continues to flood many countries, including the US, UK, Brazil, Russia, India and parts of Latin America.