IBM, Weather Channel launch county-level coronavirus tracker

IBM, Weather Channel launch county-level coronavirus tracker
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IBM and The Weather Channel launched a free tool Wednesday to track reported cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

The artificial intelligence-powered tool will provide tracking and trend graphs on COVID-19 cases down to a county level.

IBM's dashboard is free to use, providing-up-to-date, searchable information about the epidemic spread.

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“As the coronavirus causes uncertainty in our daily lives, we are all looking for data to help us make more informed decisions and check on our family and friends in different areas," said Cameron Clayton, general manager of the The Weather Company, which is owned by IBM.

“The Weather Channel is now providing COVID-19 data – so you can see why social distancing matters in your community and why it’s important to heed instructions from your local, state and national resources.”

The tool uses artificial intelligence to populate the map with data from the World Health Organization and relevant government entities.

The tracking system is meant for researchers and public officials, but can also be used by the general public.

The Weather Channel app has upwards of 40 million monthly users, all of which will have easy access to the tool.