Information is key in all kinds of areas. The latest leverage of data is in small increases in infection rates, which indicate that COVID is increasing nearby. Fludemic is a website that is tracking and working with data so tightly, that they claim 92% accuracy at finding where the newest hotspots will be… down to neighborhood levels. These different prediction models are likely to be better than weather or hurricane predictions, but I think we also need to be aware that we can succumb to a version of cyberchondria, where we are afraid of everything.
The company’s original intent was to track the common flu.