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There are a couple key reasons for why the daily state and local health department updates about COVID-19 reports often appear different.
When COVID-19 took root across the United States in early 2020 the illness quickly overshadowed other public health priorities. The effects of this novel coronavirus were identified as grave and far-reaching, and the disease eclipsed a much more familiar threat to human health.
A historically disruptive global pandemic unfolding during an era of deep social and political divisions and widespread distrust in American institutions has led to a swift and fierce politicization of public health.
Tracking data related to the pandemic can help clarify this torrent of information. Here are several visualizations that depict the impacts of COVID-19 across Wisconsin.
There are many COVID-19 patients who suffer from symptoms of the virus for three months or longer. How does the public health system track that breadth of experience?
Deadly global pandemics are rare enough to motivate widespread attention when they emerge, but people around the world face the threat of seasonal influenza every year.
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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced two studies to evaluate the spread of COVID-19 in the state, using antibody and wastewater testing.
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The World Health Organization is asking protestors to wear cloth masks, even though the organization says non-medical masks can provide a false sense of security against COVID-19.
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Spring is a precarious time for salamanders making their annual migratory journey.
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The number of wild deer testing positive for chronic wasting disease continues to rise in Wisconsin.