Data without Drama

Posted by Lorraine Pierce on

‘Headline stress disorder’?

While news cycle-related anxiety has probably existed for centuries, it became particularly obvious with the Corona virus outbreak.

Too much news about disturbing topics can lead to anxiety and depression. Watching the news tends to cause more of the latter than reading about it. 

Data without drama is the most useful and least stressful on our bodies and minds. So, I wanted to share with you two of the most useful Data without Drama websites that I follow. 

The first one is an interactive map put out by John Hopkins University https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html, I you click on areas of the map, your country, and various red dots to see the data there. Also, John Hopkins University has an extensive resource center here. https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/

 

interactive corona virus map

The second site I recommend for Data without Drama is  https://informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/covid-19-coronavirus-infographic-datapack/. The graphics are just so visually appealing and soothing. The sources well documented, and it's updated every few days. 

corona virus data

An additional tip for your mental and physical health is to go outdoors and get some exercise and sunshine! Fresh air, sunlight and improvised face masks seemed to work a century ago; and they might help us now. Plus your immune system is boosted by the vitamin D3 we get from the sun!

Put simply, medics found that severely ill flu patients nursed outdoors recovered better than those treated indoors. A combination of fresh air and sunlight seems to have prevented deaths among patients; and infections among medical staff.[1] There is scientific support for this. Research shows that outdoor air is a natural disinfectant. Fresh air can kill the flu virus and other harmful germs. Equally, sunlight is germicidal and there is now evidence it can kill the flu virus.

https://medium.com/@ra.hobday/coronavirus-and-the-sun-a-lesson-from-the-1918-influenza-pandemic-509151dc8065

 

Stay Safe. Say Sane. 

 


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