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Blog: The COVID Tracking Project

Manny Becerra as a child

April 2020

During these uncertain times—living through a pandemic (COVID-19)—it's paramount for people to unwaveringly take care of and look out for one another and to have access to timely, reliable data for making the best, effective decisions at the family, community and (inter)national levels. That's why I appreciate the work and service offered by the team behind The COVID Tracking Project.

The public deserves the most complete data available about COVID-19 in the US. No official source is providing it, so we are. — The COVID Tracking Project

The Project provides a public data API that offers access to all of their data reported by states as reporting occurs. Using their API, individuals and organizations can build useful tools and widgets to help share relevant, accurate information. Here is a simple tool I built this past weekend with React and some custom data visualization that demonstrates the data points being reported and are accessible: the tool includes a wrapper API for making a data request and a front-end UI that displays the most currently reported COVID data for any given US state and territory:

COVID-19 isn't affecting all communities equally

What the pandemic has shown society is not anything entirely new regarding the inequalities that have long plagued society and been permitted by power structures against marginalized communities, it has simply elevated these inequalities and unjust practices more to the forefront and to more people than before. So it's no surprise, though it remains tragic and unacceptable, that indigenous people and people of color are being disproportionally impacted by COVID-19. It is long past time that systematic change occurs to address these injustices.

COVID-19 isn't affecting all communities equally. We've partnered with the Antiracist Research & Policy Center to collect the most complete racial data anywhere in the COVID Racial Data Tracker. — Racial Data Tracker

Check out the COVID Racial Data Tracker to learn more.

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Let's continue to care for one another and stay safe, both, during these uncertain times and once we're out from under this worldwide situation,

Manny Becerra as a child

I operate from a place of compassion, possibility and imagination. My work and efforts share a common goal: create a better, sustainable and equitable world by building inclusive communities, products & experiences.