States ‘Pull Back’ From Data-Sharing, Frustrating Researchers

People and publications—including GHN—have come to take for granted the now-ubiquitous Johns Hopkins website documenting COVID-19 data around the world.
But the data driving that machine is getting harder to come by in the US.
36 states have “pulled back” from daily reporting and 7 are reporting 3X per week or less.
And even without deliberate withholding of data, the team quickly became acquainted with an age-old problem: The global reliance on a patchwork of often-outdated surveillance systems—data lags which ultimately prolong the pandemic.
 “The worst thing to do is to not know what’s going on,” says Lauren Gardner, who leads the Johns Hopkins team behind the dashboard.

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