Facebook Publishes First COVID-19 Maps

The fact that the number of self-reported symptoms are proportional to official test numbers is what makes the researchers think the survey is accurate and useful.The University of Maryland is also partnering with Facebook and CMU to expand the survey, and Google is contributing some data, too, through a survey served to its users. "We're hopeful that this will help governments and public health officials across the world who may not otherwise have this kind of exact information to make decisions in the weeks and months ahead".

The map shows what percentage of people living in each county in the USA has reported symptoms of the virus, with the counties colored red and the shade getting lighter or darker depending on how many report symptoms.

In March, some doctors started to notice skin-related symptoms in people who were diagnosed with COVID-19. "This will allow us to expand the symptom maps to provide county-by-county data across nearly every country in the world where Facebook operates", he added.

COVID-19 symptoms include a fever and either a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. As of right now, the CMU researchers say they have "good coverage fo the 601 US counties with at least 100,000 people" and receive roughly 1 million responses a week from Facebook users, plus another 600,000 from Google and AdMob apps.

You can find the map and more information here. CMU launched its COVIDcast site, featuring estimates of coronavirus activity based on those same surveys from Facebook users.

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Beyoncé and Alicia Keys each highlighted how the disease was disproportionately affecting African Americans. McCartney's performance was accompanied by videos of healthcare workers on the front lines.

The social media giant has released this in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University's Delphi epidemiological research center.

The map only shows estimated rates of symptoms within the population and the data has not been confirmed, Facebook said.

"We hope and trust that Carnegie Mellon has ensured that United Kingdom citizens continue to have data protection guarantees if they use this questionnaire".

Apple has released a mobility tracker that uses data from Apple Maps to show how much people's movements have decreased.


"I'm optimistic that data can help the world respond to this health crisis and get us started on the road to recovery", Zuckerberg wrote. It is important to conduct surveys in other countries to provide more detailed work and see which countries across the globe at a high risk of health system breakdown.

  • Ismael Montgomery