COVID-19 Data Sources: How to Access Them

By: | June 19th, 2020

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With COVID-19 dominating the world news and the internet, it is not difficult to find data relating to the new coronavirus. However, it can be more challenging to know how to find actual data sources and how to access them.

If you need to access COVID-19 data sources, you can visit official online platforms and use specific COVID-19 APIs. Read on to find out more.

The World Health Organization

You can access COVID-19 data from the World Health Organization’s website. The WHO provides daily situation reports on the current status of COVID-19’s epidemiological situation, and you can find out the latest figures for things like the number of cases, deaths, and transmissions. You can also find data for each country and many other helpful resources.


If you want to get the most up-to-date and reliable data concerning COVID-19, one of the best options is to use specific APIs. Coronavirus APIs provide data and insights into the latest status of the virus.

However, there is an abundance of APIs you can use for COVID-19 data sources, so you will need to spend some time comparing different ones to find the best one for your purposes. Here are some of the best to search for.

1. COVID-19 Data API Documentation

This API is updated with coronavirus statistics every 15 minutes. You can find all the latest statistics and reports for every country. And with six servers around the world, this API is the fastest COVID-19 API on the market.

2. COVID-19 Coronavirus Statistics

With this API, you can find information about the number of current confirmed COVID-19 cases, deaths, and recoveries. It uses data compiled by John Hopkins University. You can also use this API to search for statistics by country.

3. Coronavirus Monitor v2

Using statistics from John Hopkins University and Worldometer, this API is the second version of the Coronavirus Monitor. It comes with storage support, and new endpoints can be added upon request. New data is continually added to this API for all of your needs.

Open-Access Data and Online Resources

Federal agencies, like the National Institutes of Health, along with public consortia and private entities, are providing open-access data and online resources relating to COVID-19 that anyone can freely access. Resources you can access from the National Institutes of Health’s website include the following.


On this platform, you can view a list of clinical studies related to COVID-19. Studies are published in a structured format generally within two days after they have been submitted. The site’s content is updated daily.

2. Broad Terra

The Broad Terra cloud workspace contains the best practices for COVID-19 genomics data. You can obtain raw coronavirus sequencing data and access workflows for genome assembly, metagenomic classification, and aggregate statistics.

3. CORD-19: COVID-19 Open Research Dataset and AI Challenge

This resource contains around 45,000 academic articles on COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, and other related coronaviruses. The machine-readable resource enables the application of natural language processing and other artificial intelligence techniques.


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