Weighing the value of crowdsourced versus official COVID-19 data in India

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A piece on natureindia.com written by researchers affiliated with the Harvard Pop Center — Weixing Zhang, Rockli Kim and S V Subramanian— highlights the importance of timely data on COVID-19 infection rates in order to slow the spread of the virus. Crowdsourced data, although not verified by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), has the advantage when it comes to speed, as it may be available up to two days sooner than official data in some states and union territories.

“Timely data on the contagion will be crucial to saving millions of lives.” – Weixing Zhang, Rockli Kim and S.V. Subramanian

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