To better prepare ourselves during this day and age of Covid-19, tracking the spread of the virus has become part of everyday life for many of us. But even with daily updates on case numbers and infection rates, it can be tough to get an idea of where things are heading tomorrow or next week.
Tech giant Google has started sharing Covid-19 forecasts, predicting the spread of the virus through Japan’s 47 prefectures. According to The Japan Times, this means Japan is only the second country to get Google’s Covid-19 forecasts, after the United States forecast began back in August.
The Google dashboard comes in English and Japanese and showcases a 28-day forecast for the entire country, which can also be broken down by prefecture. It includes predictions of the numbers of confirmed and active cases, the death toll and hospitalistions. There are even best case and worst case scenarios alongside Google's predictions. The historical data used in the charts is mainly gathered from Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare announcements.
The company says the forecast is a tool to help government and healthcare workers plan ahead and allocate resources. The dashboards and the data it’s based on are all publicly accessible, so if you want to dig deeper into it, you can download the numbers yourself, or check out Google’s methodology.
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