A ‘cuckoo’ graph with no sense of time or place shows how Georgia is bungling coronavirus data as it reopens
- A recent graph from Georgia’s Department of Public Health mixed up times and locations in what appeared as a consistent decline of case counts in the state’s hardest-hit counties.
- The DPH later updated the graph to showcase counts in chronological order after criticism that included a state representative sending a letter to the governor’s office.
- The “misleading” graph is just one of Georgia’s data failures as it reopens businesses during its coronavirus outbreak, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
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On the coronavirus data webpage for the Georgia Department of Public Health, one of many brightly colored graphics shows COVID-19 cases over time in the state’s five most affected counties.
But the first iteration of the graph followed neither time nor county. Instead, the data was arranged to give the impression of neatly descending case counts.
Local reporters began to take notice on May 10. Stephen Fowler, a reporter …continued .
[Source: Business Insider]