This website is unfortunately in use much longer than anticipated. By now, the media have bought some competent chart data. Also counting the days since the initial outbreak does not make much sense any more. Therefore, I aligned the charts by date for those who are here to get the statistics computed in javascript by their browser. You can find the original version here.

The following charts are based on live data from, which in turn sources

Countries to compare
Italy; Germany; France; Spain Korea, South; Israel; Austria; Sweden India; EU; US; Brazil

Spreading rate measures
# The infection rate can be visualised intuitively as the doubling time, i.e. the time it takes for the confirmed count to double.

However, this representation is numerically unstable as it diverges to infinity as the infection rate approaches to 1.0.

# Yet another way to represent the same data is the effective reproduction number R.

It is very similar the infection rate. However, instead of comparing the the absolute number of confirmed from day to day, the change in confirmed over a period of time is used. Therefore, R becomes 0.0 if there are no new infections.

# Yet another way to represent the same data is the 7-Day incidence.

This measures the number of infected per 100.000 over the last 7-Days. This too, measures the effective reproduction of the virus. But the different unit makes this more understandable I guess.

# However, confirmed does not mean the same between different countries and even in the same country at different time points of the epidemic. This is due to the sampling bias induced by the limited amount of corona test kits. In the early days of the epidemic there are enough kits to test everyone, so many cases that do not yet show symptoms are tested. With ongoing spread, we hit limits on test-kit and health-system capacities and the focus shifts to testing severe cases only. This in turn pushes the fatality rate.

A significant increase of the fatality rate indicates that

  1. the confirmed count is being under-estimated.
  2. the health-system capacites being exhausted.

Conversely, a decrase of the fatality rate indicates that

  1. the confirmed count was previously under-estimated. (e.g. by the exhaustion of the health system and focusing on severe cases)
# In contrast to the fatality rate, the mortality rate below is shown in dead per million inhabitants. This makes it independant of whether the confirmed count is estimated correctly. In most cases both will be correlated.

However, the mortality rate is a better indicator of the influence of the pandepic on a countries society and economy - especially when the health-system is exhausted.

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