At T&P we constantly analyse the current global political situation and map out expected developments and outcomes in governance, public policy and public affairs. At the foundation lies a constant screening of sites and sources for statistics, trends, solutions, behaviourisms for our analyses. We thought it useful to share some of our main sources to help you through this jungle of opinions, key info contributions and re-postings. Expect regular updates.

Updated March 30, 2020

Statistics and geographies of cases:

Worldometer: Our preferred site which presents country-by-country statistics of new cases, active cases, recovered, etc. Unlike many other sites, it provides graphics to highlight linear and logarithmic trends and shows differences in new cases and deaths compared to the previous day. Updated approx. every ten minutes it is the most up to date we know of. Of course, much more daring than the WHO in its statistics.

BNO News: Our second key resource. We started with this site and feel a level of commitment. Nonetheless, it provides oversight with a world map and gives direct links to the sources used for each country within the country-by-country chart.

WHO: Certainly the global authority on the matter, provides a world map which is visually well structured with statistics on each country. It is more cautious in the statistics it publishes so the numbers here are lower than in Worldometer or BNO News.

Wikipedia: It is not an own authority in gathering statistics because it publishes the numbers of the WHO. It does have a lot of other interesting information and in several languages. Nonetheless, if you are looking for detailed timelines with information on new infections, and what news-outlets or other organisations reported on cases, focus on the first two above.

Johns Hopkins University: Well designed map which provides you a good overview of statistics and geographic overview. It is also more cautious in the statistics it publishes. It has become a main source for news, also amongst national TV like German ARD.

New York Times Map and Case Count: Detailed overview of COVID-19 cases across the US, and geographic-/theme-/sector-centric commentaries and info-bites.

Political developments & government responses / travel restrictions

Politico: In its blog, provides regular updates on political developments and decisions throughout Europe. What is to be appreciated is the team behind the blog keeping an eye on government communications and media reports.

Wikipedia (national measures): Descriptions about the measures which countries have taken around the world. Only a handful are addressed, such as India, France and the United States. Germany, for example, is not addressed in detail.

Wikipedia (travel restrictions): A comprehensive overview of the travel restrictions undertaken by each country. But, if you need real-time, we recommend you look at government sites.

Guidance for employers (NEW)

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA): We find it absolutely worth checking out their advice to employers and businesses on COVID-19 for non-healthcare settings because EU-OSHA has been on top of it all. Guidance was already provided 3 weeks ago, and a lot has changed, but the advice on keeping people safe remains more than valid. It explains how to help prevent the spread of respiratory infections and what to do if someone with suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in the workplace.

Generally, also worth keeping an eye on their multilingual website for important health and safety messages during these challenging times.

Our own key considerations for your business in dealing with the crisis. Considerations and tactics (beyond getting a loan) for SMEs to weather the crisis. Updated in tandem with crisis developments.

Specialist voices we listen to

Peak Prosperity: Almost daily analysis of the global pandemic news of the day, we find this channel has been on the case and spot on with predictions since January. Videos are usually 20-60 minutes in length, and a very good source for measures that work, both for the individual person and national/regional approaches.
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Dr. John Campbell: Retired Nurse Teacher from the UK. Provides detailed daily analyses of national measures taken worldwide and what to expect from them. We appreciate the voice of reason amid the pandemic pandemonium.
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Informative Q&A video covering all important questions by Rishi Desai, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer at Osmosis, Infectious Disease Physician & Former Outbreak Investigator at the Center for Disease Control (CDC)
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Platforms which host a plethora of stories and updates

Reddit: A random list of news articles on anything from concerts being live streamed to what superstar has got the virus to stories of people who have left big tips to waiters in light of restaurants being closed. Random list of articles with no real organisation except for popularity and novelty. Yet, we note this resource because we believe that good insights can be gained from personal accounts of the outbreak, like in this example from Italy.

Reddit – The local versions:

The COVID-Files: Romania (Facebook Group): Dedicated to sharing information on the COVID pandemic in Romania. It is for Romanians and non-Romanians alike to remain informed about relevant developments and efforts taken. Hosted by Managing Director Glenn Cezanne.
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Dedicated COVID-19 Twitter feed: With commentaries, statistical analyses and news updates, curated by our own Senior Strategic Advisor Joachim Marnitz.
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Original Video Footage: Large archive of leaked Coronavirus videos, including (but no limited to) a huge collection out of China & Iran. WARNING: Includes disturbing footage, so proceed at own discretion.

Most importantly, some safety measures we recommend to be taken by you:

  • First and foremost, STAY HOME.
  • Stock up on supplies so you can stay home as much as possible.
  • Have supplies delivered if possible (limits points of contact).
  • Use a mask (anything is better than nothing) if possible and if you must leave home.
  • DO NOT use public transport, avoid all gatherings, even small ones.
  • All of the above doesn’t just keep you safe, it protects everyone else as well in case you are infected (not everyone develops symptoms).
  • Take Vitamin C + D supplements (please consult your doctor first) to alleviate symptoms.
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