Countries like South Korea and New Zealand have reaped the benefits of tracking COVID-19 data in painstaking detail—as Amy Maxmen shows in a Twitter thread showing several countries’ COVID-19 dashboards. (She’s “enamored” with Singapore’s.)
The US, however, provides “vanishingly few details” on COVID-19's spread and is suffering the consequences, Maxmen reports in Nature.
A panoply of systemic failures contribute to the US info deficit:
- Information must make its way from local health departments to the feds—and a lot of data goes missing.
- Information is made public far too late. (An overnight camp cluster that infected 250 people in Georgia wasn’t reported until over a month later.)
- A new data collection system rolled out in July has been up to a week late reporting data.
- Another telling detail: “many health departments still share data by fax.”