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Ben Schott

Covid-19 Has Made Us All Dashboard Junkies

The deadliest pandemic of the digital age has supercharged the rise of the dashboard, and illuminated the promise and peril of “dashboard thinking.”

The pandemic dashboard.

The pandemic dashboard.

Johns Hopkins Covid-19 Dashboard

As Covid-19 picked up speed and ferocity, digital dashboards were everywhere.

Published by global health organizations, national and local governments, medical centers and media outlets, pandemic dashboards visualized an evolving narrative of life and death — from case numbers and mortality rates to testing capacity and ventilator access.