An international team of scientists led by the University of Granada has developed the world’s first platform that integrates information about COVID-19 and information on environmental and meteorological factors. This tool will help understand the impact that environmental variables (such as temperature, humidity or pollutant levels) may have on the pandemic.
The platform is called Dart AC (Data for COVID-19) Is publicly available, which can not only centralize and integrate environmental and meteorological information, but also realize different analysis and visual exploration functions, so that researchers can jointly analyze and find patterns in different information sources.
He explained: “Since the beginning of the pandemic, the need for reliable information and data has become obvious. This is an important part of understanding the factors that affect the spread of the virus and detecting the source of infection early.” Pedro Carmona SaezHe is the professor of the Department of Statistics and Operations Research at the University of Granada who developed this project and the head of the GENyO bioinformatics team.
In addition, scientists have seen that some studies on the relationship between environmental factors, temperature and humidity have been published, mainly related to the epidemic and death of COVID-19, but “the results are inconclusive and in some cases contradictory “, Carmona Sáez asserted.
“What we can prove from these works is that there needs to be a Extensive data logging Over time, the immense utility of platforms that aggregate these different sources of information may have to understand the impact of these and other factors on the pandemic,” the researchers pointed out.
In this application, not only the weather variable information is integrated, but also recorded Environmental pollutants This will help to compare with studies that point to possible associations for the worsening of COVID19 patients in areas with high pollution rates.
Capture interactive maps generated in DatAC.
How does it affect air quality
Including factors air quality For example, it also enables researchers to assess the impact of containment measures on pollutant levels, and indicate how pollutant levels are. Nitrogen Dioxide (Do not2 pcs) Carbon monoxide After the start of the alarm state, the (CO) for the whole of Spain dropped, especially in urban environments.
As the platform shows, the existence of this type of repository with integrated open data is essential for monitoring the pandemic Data world Developed by Cambridge University Or platform Coronavirus Disease Map From Johns Hopkins University.
“However, these tools only integrate COVID19 data (cases, hospitalizations, diagnosis through different methods, etc.), but as far as we know, DaTAC is the world’s first tool to integrate data from the scientific community and open it to the public, UGR The researchers explained: “The scientific community. COVID-19, environmental and meteorological factors”.
The project was directed by Pedro Carmona Sáez and was funded by Junta de Andalucía. Researchers from the University of Granada, the GENYO Center, the Andalusian School of Public Health and the Institute participated in the information development and analysis of the Institute. Imagine Genetic diseases in Paris.