#3D map shows how the #coronavirus is spreading worldwide

An aviation agency is using GIS software to map the transmission of the coronavirus around the world. Image: ICAO GIS for Organization
An aviation agency is using GIS software to map the transmission of the coronavirus around the world. Image: ICAO GIS for Organization

Source: 3D map shows how the coronavirus is spreading worldwide – TechRepublic. A UN aviation agency uses GIS software to track transmission lines while 20 US airports set up screening centers.

Turquoise arcs travel around the globe in a 3D map that illustrates the spread of the 2019-nCoV (commonly referred to as coronavirus) strain around the world.

A United Nations aviation agency built the 3DFX Dispersion map, which shows the movement of the virus around the world via air traffic routes from Wuhan, China.

The geographic information system (GIS) map displays multiple layers of data, including deaths, confirmed cases, and cases by country. (A geographic information system gathers, manages, and analyzes many types of data and organizes it into visualizations using maps and 3D scenes.)

The 3D map has two animations. The play button in the lower gray bar makes the globe rotate. The other continuous animation links the first wave cases of the virus in countries around the world back to the Wuhan province.

Turquoise arcs start in Central America, Australia, and Asia and move around the globe back to Wuhan. These arcs illustrate the first wave of cases inside China and originating from China. Another layer of the map shows the second wave of cases.

From the layer list, users also can see affected regions following the second wave and airport information. The legend button in the upper gray menu bar explains the symbols on the map. The layer list from the menu shows the data sets that can be displayed on the map.

The data for the confirmed cases, deaths, and recovered patients are from WHO, CDC, and NHC.

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