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COVID-19 Monitoring Template

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Included Resources:

  • 1 Bucket: 'covid'
  • 5 .sh files that get the information from the API and convert in JSON.
  • 1 Dashboards: covid.yml - COVID19 América del Sur y Resto del mundo
  • 1 Telegraf: 'Configuration: Exec Inputs'
  • 1 Label: 'covid'

Quick Install

If you have your InfluxDB credentials configured in the CLI, you can install this template with:

https://raw.githubusercontent.com/influxdata/community-templates/master/InfluxDBv2_Covid19_SouthAmerica/covid.yml

COVID-19 dashboard

Monitoring Coronavirus (COVID-19) has become critical to understand and control the spread of the global pandemic. In just a few months, COVID-19 has impacted — and potentially permanently changed — the lives of everyone living on the planet. Daily life has been impacted socially and financially, and everyone has made sacrifices to help the next person stand a chance against this pandemic.

According to one recent study, there were 27.9 million confirmed cases around the world as of September 2020 - leading to about 905,000 deaths over the same period of time. Even those who have recovered from the virus might still be dealing with major health issues long-term or for the rest of their lives. This underscores the importance of tracking the impact so that we can understand and mitigate it as much as possible.

Why monitor the impact of COVID-19?

Understanding the number of people who have been infected and the deaths caused by COVID-19 are some key metrics that are being tracked by governments and health officials all around the world to answer the question of how the pandemic is impacting our day-to-day lives. It helps them to understand if key resources will be impacted and whether businesses can safely open.

This COVID-19 Monitoring Template provides a dashboard that includes information about COVID-19 focused on the South American region; primarily in Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. Dashboard information includes current data, new cases, graph about totals of cases and deaths, as well as overall worldwide information about cases and deaths.

How to use the InfluxDB COVID-19 Monitoring Template

Once your InfluxDB credentials have been properly configured in the CLI, you can install the COVID-19 monitoring template using the Quick Install command. Once installed, the data for the dashboard will be populated by the Telegraf plugin, which includes the relevant Exec plugin Input — in this case, using the JSON data format. Note that you might need to customize the input configuration to better serve your needs, including by specifying a new input value. All of this will depend on how your organization is currently running the Exec plugin.

To find out more information about environmental variables within the Telegraf configuration, consult the following link.

Key COVID-19 metrics monitored

One of the major reasons why COVID-19 has been difficult to track up to this point is that the data that experts are working from is essentially two weeks old. If there is a super-spreader event today, we really won't understand the full impact for approximately 14 days due to the nature of the virus. Because of that, ongoing tracking is of paramount importance to help avoid potential catastrophe moving forward.

Some of the most important COVID-19 monitoring metrics that you should proactively monitor include:

  • Number of cases overall
  • Number of cases in the past 24 hours
  • Number of fatalities

All these metrics are across the world and the key South American countries.

Related Resources

Tracking COVID-19 Data in South America Using Telegraf and InfluxDB

Read this post by Ignacio Van Droogenbroeck to better understand how COVID-19 has been developing in South America.

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