The COVID-19 statistics world map has been a useful tool that uses MapChart’s abilities to visualize data on an informative world map. You can learn more about the basic usage of this tool in a previous blog post.
Now, there are four new features that let you improve and optimize the final map and its data:
1. Check the top 20 and bottom 20 countries (or states).
First, you can now use the buttons below the map’s settings to quickly check the top 20 and bottom 20 countries or states for the selected statistic on the selected date.
Use this for quick reference, instead of searching around on the map for the information.
2. Adjust the range of the COVID-19 statistic shown on the map.
Before, the map would be colored covering the full range of the selected statistic, from its minimum to its maximum values. Now, you can adjust these values to create an even better COVID-19 stats map.
Let’s see a quick example:
By selecting to generate a map for Total Cases per 1M pop. for April 15, 2021, we can see that the maximum value (the darkest red color) belongs to Andorra.
Apparently, the tiny European country is kind of an outlier in this category, with 163,399 total cases/1 m population. As a result, the maximum value for the whole world map and its color scheme is affected.
We can now do something to fix this issue and exclude Andorra from the calculation. By lowering the maximum range’s value (to around 150,000 total cases/per 1 m pop.), we can exclude Andorra and see that all countries’ colors on the map get shifted:
Now, Andorra has the default gray color. Excluded countries appear as a list just below the range slider for quick reference:
You can use this option to adjust the range for any statistic and optimize the final map.
3. Hiding a country excludes its value from the map’s coloring.
The exact same effect as above can now be achieved by hiding an individual country.
In this case, if we right-click and hide Andorra, we can see that the map’s color scheme gets recalculated to produce the same result as before:
One difference: in this case, Andorra doesn’t appear at all on the map and is also not listed in the top 20 countries table.
4. Toggling the US states updates the map’s data.
With the latest update, the map takes into account whether the US states map are shown.
Indeed, hiding the US states from the map doesn’t include them in the color scheme calculation and they don’t appear on the top and bottom 20 tables. In contrast, the opposite happens if you want to include them in the map:
As shown above, you can be sure that you can fully customize your map’s data easily with the latest updates.
Find the updated COVID-19 world map on MapChart. Use it for free to get a nice visual representation of the latest statistics on a custom world map.