In the absence of a simple and easy-to-read official website, enthusiasts analyzed the data published by the government on the Internet and explained it to the public.
Letter from Buenos Aires
The computer struggled and issued a warning that the extraction could not be completed. The online documents on the Ministry of Health website regarding pollution related to the coronavirus in Argentina are too large, but better than lambda devices.
According to the original data released by the government, hundreds of thousands of numbers form a demanding Excel table; to decipher them, you need solid data processing training, combined with epidemiological knowledge… it is far from the resume of the general population.
Have Official government page, “Epidemiological Information”. However, in the face of the complex and evolving Covid-19 pandemic, it provides a rigorous and general picture and basic information: how to visualize the pollution rate by age group in a few months? Where can I find the death curve of each province since the beginning of the health crisis?
The answer lies elsewhere: on Twitter, on the daily and educational forms published by a few data enthusiasts. Chemists, political scientists, engineers, accountants, senators: They have been tracking and compiling the progress of the Argentine coronavirus for more than a year, and they have proved the recent surge in cases. In total, more than 82,000 people died in the country.
“I filled the gap left by the country, there is nothing on the government website”, I regret that Mauro Infantino, 40 years old, a computer engineer in Buenos Aires-@plenque on Twitter-who developed Covidstats website. “I started with curiosity and I update every day because I like it and promise it”, Reported a person who had to tame an unknown object. “I know how to deal with data, but you have to know how to communicate it, and then I am not an epidemiologist.” It went from a secret account with fewer than a hundred people before the pandemic to more than 12,000 subscribers. “In the beginning, I felt that there was a lot of weight on my shoulders, and I was afraid of making mistakes.”, Acknowledge data experts.
Martín Barrionuevo has more than 34,000 subscribers-@mmbarrionuevo on Twitter-45 years old, Senator of the Justice Party (centre-left presidential system) from Corrientes (Northeast), also refer to its multiple daily charts. “I started in March . I am locked at home [lors du premier confinement] I want to make myself useful. I am an accountant and I like statistics”, The senator said he hoped “Bringing Federal Light to the Pandemic”, And the media’s attention is often focused on the large agglomeration area of Buenos Aires, where one-third of the 45 million Argentines live.
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