Monitoring the cases and the number of deaths caused by the coronavirus in Brazil is possible with the help of several websites. In addition to the Ministry of Health, which naturally concentrates information from the states, independent initiatives or linked to universities and research institutions also seek to contribute to the dissemination of Covid-19 statistics in the country.
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The search for alternative sources emerged as a necessity after a recent change in the Ministry of Health. After temporarily going offline, the Federal Government’s official portal on coronavirus returned with mixed information and caused criticism from experts, including the international community. Below are seven online tools that provide information about the new coronavirus pandemic in Brazil. It is possible to access data such as number of cases per state, number of people recovered and number of deaths. It is worth mentioning that the data may differ from one platform to another, since there are differences in the disclosure of information.
See seven sites that show data on coronavirus in Brazil – Photo: Paulo Alves / dnetc
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The National Council of Health Secretaries (Conass) maintains a panel (www.conass.org.br/painelconasscovid19/) with data from the state departments updated daily at 6 pm. Divided into two columns, it shows the list of states on one side and the map of Brazil on the other, with colorful highlights in areas most affected by the coronavirus.
It is possible to organize the list by state, number of cases or deaths, in addition to the lethality rate according to the population. In addition, clicking on one of the lines changes the map to focus only on the selected state.
There is also the possibility to handle the filters and images and, at the end, download the information for offline use. The website allows you to download tables, maps in image, PDF and PowerPoint, in addition to a cross-reference table, only data or in the format used by Tableau data visualization software.
Conass panel can be downloaded for offline consultation – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
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2. Fiocruz Monitor-19
The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) also maintains its own coronavirus monitoring system. In MonitoraCovid-19 (bigdata-covid19.icict.fiocruz.br/), it is possible to see cases and deaths by state, separating the accumulated number from the new numbers. The tool used official data from the Federal Government, but, given the change in the Ministry of Health’s website, it began to obtain information from the state health departments. The data is updated as the newsletters are released.
In addition to information about Covid-19, the panel provides consolidated data on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which includes coronavirus patients. Although it does not bring a map like the Conass panel, the system offers graphs that show the evolution of the pandemic in the states and in the country.
Fiocruz tool also allows to consult deaths due to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
3. Ministry of Health Panel
After it was changed, the Ministry of Health panel (covid.saude.gov.br/) started to hide some statistics from Covid-19. Currently, it highlights the number of patients recovered and shows only confirmed cases and deaths on the last day.
You can get an overview of the country or filter by state, as well as search for locations manually. Since the last week, the data have been updated at 21h50. However, there is doubt about the methodology used to collect this information. Even considering only the data for the day, the data are very different from those reported by state departments.
Ministry of Health changed coronavirus portal and hid total numbers of cases and deaths – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
4. Johns Hopkins University map
The renowned Johns Hopkins University in the United States launched one of the world’s first Covid-19 monitors. Despite the focus on broader viewing of cases on the planet, the website (coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html) also divides data by state or region. In the case of the USA, still show numbers of hospitalizations.
In addition to the raw numbers, the university panel has an analytical section that answers some questions about the stage of the disease. It is possible to find out where the case curve was flattened, the differences in mortality rates between countries, among other information.
The university even removed Brazil from the monitor after the changes in the disclosure of results from the Ministry of Health, but returned shortly thereafter. Currently, the panel displays data in time with the Brazilian state health departments.
Johns Hopkins University was one of the first to monitor the coronavirus – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
5. Rice University dashboard
Rice University has separate panels by country. The Brazilian version (https://coronavirusnobrasil.org/) has strong similarities with the Johns Hopkins monitor. It is possible to check data on deaths, confirmed and recovered cases accumulated and only from the last day, in addition to lethality.
On the one hand, the site shows information by state and, on the other, by the city most affected. In a menu at the top, it is possible to filter data by region of the country. The user can also resize, maximize or delete information cards to highlight what he thinks is most important for feeding presentations, for example. In addition, the map allows changing the view between basic, with street and hybrid designs.
Rice University’s dashboard allows you to edit cards to highlight or highlight a certain number – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
6. Volunteer initiative on the Brasil.IO website
Brasi.IO (brasil.io/covid19/) brings together the work of 40 volunteers to disseminate data on the coronavirus in the country. The group compiles the state epidemiological bulletins daily and feeds a database with the historical series of confirmed cases and deaths by municipality. The initiative came after changes in the official channels of the Ministry of Health.
The tool allows you to view the cases on the map by state or in their entirety. It is possible to filter by deaths, cases, lethality or by the variables “confirmed / 100,000 inhabitants” and “deaths / 100,000 inhabitants”. When opening each state, you can check the numbers according to each location.
In addition to handling the table to organize the results, the user also checks several ready-made graphs that show the evolution of cases and deaths over time. In one of them, it is possible to see the history based on the Civil Registry, which includes, for example, also the deaths with suspected cause of Covid-19.
Brasil.IO Initiative brings data from secretariats, notaries and other sources – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
7. Partnership G1, O Globo, Extra, Estadão, Folha and UOL
In the wake of the changes implemented by the Ministry of Health, some of the largest media outlets in the country sealed an unprecedented partnership to release data about Covid-19. G1, O Globo, Extra, Estadão, Folha and UOL will carry out the investigation with the states and disclose the data jointly, every day.
When accessing any of these vehicles, it will be possible to find the same number of deaths and confirmed cases of the disease, including the accumulated and the new daily numbers as recorded by the secretariats. The daily balance will be closed at 20h.