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The best coronavirus map: Numbers, news and warnings in one place

Tracking COVID-19 hasn’t gotten any easier as the pandemic drags on. With case numbers as high as they are combined with less-than-adequate testing in much of the world, the numbers we see are fuzzier than they may first appear to be.

Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth keeping up with the latest developments surrounding the coronavirus. The difficult part is separating fact from fiction in an online environment that favors sensationalism. Tap or click here to see the truth behind some of the most common COVID-19 myths.

But rather than hunt around the internet for up-to-date stats and news surrounding the pandemic, wouldn’t it be better to find everything in one place? Well, you’re in luck — this website gives you access to all that and more with live updates. Here’s what you’ll find in the Coronavirus News Monitor.

Coronavirus News Monitor makes the JHU tracker obsolete

If you’re getting exhausted over the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ll need to be prepared for the long haul. According to a report from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, the pandemic is expected to stretch well into 2022. This means lockdowns, social distancing and obsessive hygiene will all be part of our lives for the near future.

To protect yourself and your family, you’ll want to keep track of the latest news and case updates. But right now, following all the intersecting stories and numbers across the web can feel like more trouble than it’s worth.

This new website, on the other hand, makes the whole process much easier. It compiles global news, coronavirus statistics and media coverage patterns in one easy-to-understand dashboard.

The website, dubbed Coronavirus News Monitor, stands in stark difference from the popular Johns Hopkins University tracker, which provides accurate numbers and not much else. Tap or click here to see the JHU tracker.

Upon first opening the app, the first thing that stands out is the map in the center, which tracks the current case numbers by country. Click on any country to see the specific numbers, which are updated at regular intervals.

But unlike other trackers, CNM also keeps tabs on global opinion surrounding the pandemic. You’ll not only see rankings for “media hype” by country, but also “sentiment,” which refers to fears and approval of governmental policies in affected countries. Tap or click here to see 5 more online tools for tracking COVID-19.

You’ll also see a live and active newsfeed on the right-hand side of the monitor, with trending social media topics below. This can help you stay on top of the most important stories related to the pandemic, along with other critical topics that are being discussed, including government and financial market responses.

If you like what you see, you can even subscribe to a newsletter for more updates delivered to your inbox. You might not want to use your main email account for it, though. Otherwise, you could be passing your address to more than just Ravenpack, the company behind the tracker.

I want to make this website my homepage. How can I do that on my browser?

If you want to see the latest trends and updates as soon as you start your device, setting this website as your homepage is the best way to do it. The steps to set this up will depend on your software and device, but here’s how you can do it with the most popular browsers: Chrome, Firefox and Safari.

To set up CNM as your homepage on Chrome

  • On your computer, open Chrome.
  • At the top right, click the Three-Dot icon, followed by Settings.
  • Under Appearance, turn on the Show Home button.
  • Below Show Home button, check the option for Custom page and enter the URL for CNM.

To set up CNM as your homepage on Firefox

  • On your computer, open Firefox.
  • At the top right, click the Three-line icon, followed by Options.
  • Click Home.
  • Click the dropdown next to Homepage and New Windows and select Custom URL. Enter the URL for CNM.

To set up CNM as your homepage on Safari.

  • On your Mac, open Safari.
  • From the top menu bar, click Safari, followed by Preferences.
  • Click General.
  • Under Homepage, enter the URL for CNM.

Staying informed is one of the best ways to be safe during this pandemic, and the CNM makes it easier than ever. But don’t forget to unplug every so often. News overload can lead to depression and anxiety, which are the last things any of us want during quarantine. Stay safe, and stay curious.

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, advice, or health objectives.

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