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Wisconsin faces a public health nightmare: Officials must simultaneously wage war on COVID-19 pandemic and a parallel "infodemic" of false, misleading and dangerous claims that downplay the seriousness of the disease.
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 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.
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.
Short of a cure or effective treatment for COVID-19, something that could take years to develop, state and local health officials in Wisconsin are planning for a future where contact tracing plays a central role in combating the disease.
Everyone is vulnerable to conspiracism, said Ajay Sethi, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. With COVID-19, that's especially true.
Is Wisconsin finding more cases of COVID-19 because more people are becoming infected with the virus that causes it, or because more people are being tested for it? Answers to this question are anything but simple.