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The Importance of Data Analysis During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The World Will No Longer Be the Same

Today we can see that the world has started changing after the coronavirus broke down in our lives. Such shocking periods always make the society change, as it did after the previous pandemics, after the World Wars, etc. The good news about the current situation is that alongside economic and social problems, these dramatic switches always caused humanity development and consciousness-raising.

What changes did coronavirus bring about in our lives? The first thing that comes to mind is that medicine and science will definitely benefit from the pandemic. People working in these fields got an extremely important experience of facing and reacting to do-or-die situations, they approached new challenges and learned how to unite their forces and minds for the sake of overcoming one problem.

Business relationships have also altered. Except for huge financial problems caused by harsh restrictions, the business faced some positive changes. The most important one is that they succeeded in implementing online interaction. This form of work has nice prospects to remain demanded even when the pandemic is over.

The same works for education. Online studying was quite challenging for the majority of students and teachers but thanks to it, new approaches and methods were successfully implemented into the studying process. This couldn’t have happened without the pandemic that made almost everyone study and work online.

The environment was probably the only thing that faced only positive changes. Some studies devoted to this topic discovered that the level of pollution decreased during the quarantine. The reasons are simple – people stayed at home more and fewer greenhouse gases from their autos were thrown into the atmosphere. Unfortunately, everything is about to become as it was before but it was quite a useful experience for us and for nature in general.

Generally speaking, not only business, education, and science have changed – the whole society isn’t supposed to be the same. Coronavirus deprived people of the possibility to constantly interact with each other face to face. No one could have imagined that it would be such a difficult psychological challenge but even here we might get some positivity.

Maybe, when the pandemic ends, people will appreciate the time spent with their nearest and dearest more because isolation was a good lesson for us. It showed that everything was extremely is extremely vulnerable facing the global problem and only together we can defeat it.

Not only relationships and mental health, but actual health will be more appreciated by us in the future. We have no doubts that the vast majority of people will be more careful with their organisms. Moreover, they will pay more attention to other people’s health – in the near future, few people will dare to go to work if they are sick, because they will realize that it’s silly to put other people at risk.

Humanity will no longer be the same. We hope the end of the pandemic is near and we are sure that society must find something useful in what has happened to all of us during the passing year.

Coronavirus caused millions of deaths around the globe, widespread panic, silly myths and wool-gatherings, huge economic issues, harsh restrictions, and so on and so on. You can augment this list on your own. But one thing remains unchangeable – humanity wouldn’t fight out without a well-managed system of data analysis. And here we are going to learn why it’s essential.

Data Analysis vs Chaos

Data analysis is a process of inspecting, cleansing, transforming, and modeling data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions, and supporting decision-making. Normally, ordinary people are not quite interested in getting familiar with complicated information that doesn’t seem useful for them. But the pandemic has changed everything – data analysis became not only a curious thing but the only means for an average person to fight against chaos.

Data analysis is what puts light on the most important aspects during the harsh periods of the quarantine. Thanks to it, people are always aware of the important statistics of sickness and death cases. That way, coronavirus became not the unknown illness that was too far to be afraid of, but the virus that killed millions of people around the world.

On the other hand, data about how many people recovered from COVID-19 caused positive effects in society because it displayed one important thing – coronavirus is very dangerous but if you’re ill it doesn’t mean that you have no chance to recover. Thanks to professional experts who gathered, delivered, provided, and explained data to people, the wide concerns didn’t lead to unmanageable chaos that could cause a lot more potential difficulties.

Commercial companies, especially large ones, are used to using data analysis in their activities. Large businesses use data for different purposes. First of all, they require it to follow the popular tendencies and to keep up the market trends. Such information is necessary for every market participant that wants to stay competitive and to increase the audience to which the services and products are provided. Secondly, some of them need risk-less management. So, specific data might be used for fraud and other threat detection. Finally, businesses cannot neglect progressive digitalization, which can extremely improve the efficiency of one’s work.

The pandemic has enhanced the importance of data analysis for big, medium, and even small companies. Let’s figure this out step by step.

So, what is the most important thing for every business? Of course, everyone will say that if the company aims to remain successful, it has to find new ideas, implement innovations, master new approaches, find quick and useful solutions, etc. These are very important changes and they would go smoothly if the coronavirus didn’t break down in our lives. The COVID-19 pandemic caused quarantine that led to serious restrictions in business work. Companies were made to adapt to new conditions and those ones who gathered and operated big data were ready to do it faster.

It doesn’t mean that they knew about the pandemic beforehand but they were better prepared for the dramatic shift and when this shift happened they needed to spend less effort, time, and assets to keep working. Working models, which were created before the pandemic in case of global changes and crises, helped to achieve better results. And that wouldn’t have happened if the data analysis weren’t used.
Besides, business development is always impacted by social issues that arise during certain periods. It is not a secret that the pandemic influenced the whole world because it’s the most global problem that happened over the last century. Even economic crises that took place in different periods cannot be compared to it in terms of coverage.

To sum this thought up, data analysis is an integral business component. It can help to find the right decisions, to adapt to new conditions, and face difficult challenges so that the company’s duties wouldn’t be in a mess. The pandemic is a harsh touch but those who deal with advanced analytical tools will cope with it without significant losses.

Data Analysis vs Pandemic Consequences

Data analysis is essential for governments of all countries. It helps to figure out what are the tendencies of virus spreading. It’s also unchangeable in terms of hospital work. Hospitals are facing a certain number of patients and it’s necessary to be aware of the equipment usage. Such an approach will only increase the efficiency of their work. However, data analysis is helpful not only for coping with the current issues.

One more process when data analysis is also used is to predict the future situation. It is necessary to choose the right security measures that will be effective against the illness spreading. To stop the increase in the number of sickness cases is a major purpose but not the only one. Using innovative approaches and analytical tools, it’s possible to forecast serious economic issues. This is very important in terms of reserving necessary resources so as to make the potential crises less influential towards the economic system of the whole country.

The right chosen strategy and set of measures are the only things that may eliminate critical consequences. All the measures and actions won’t bring any result without a stated aim and the notion of what you’re fighting against. If we live in the age of information, we need to know how to turn bad consequences into good or, at least, how to make them less harmful. And this is one of the fields data analysis is focused on. Gathering different sorts of information and operating it in the right way is essential because it is what can influence the whole country in the 21st century. So the conclusion is extremely simple and obvious – governments need to be aware of the potential consequences of the pandemic so they will never neglect data analysis. If everything is done with it well, even ordinary people will notice positive effects. This is what we can witness today, and we hope to witness it tomorrow.

The information about how the authorities are going to face the consequences of the pandemic is good to know, but what about ordinary people? What are the consequences and is it necessary to use data analysis to fight against them?

At the beginning of the pandemic, many of us have realized that it’s not as difficult to manipulate humans’ minds and to inculcate certain thoughts using one’s emotions. Frequent manipulations could lead to huge panic and this is what actually happened at the beginning of the quarantine. But those people who tried to monitor real data without emotions were able to stay sober-minded. With time passing, more and more people started relying on experts’ opinions and on the real information provided by data analysis. It was one more merit of this approach and today it’s clear that nothing is going to turn out wrong.

The Importance of the COVID-19 Statistics

One of the duties of data analysis is to study and provide the statistics to wide audiences. 2020 was a year when statistics became the thing everyone tried to be aware of. Of course, the coronavirus was the major target of that data. It remains relevant till today and it is going to be the same until the pandemic is over. The rates of morbidity and mortality became widely discussed by media and governmental officials. The public is also focused on it. People from all over the globe try not to miss any changes that are happening to the current situation.

The curious thing is that the statistics have never been so relevant and discussed. People are used to neglecting it because it’s boring to monitor strange numbers. But today the importance of data analysis is fully recognized as an essential source of information. To some extent, what is happening now is a sort of the data revolution – statistics science has now the same influence as STEM disciplines.

The coronavirus has caused the development of statistical modeling and data analytics. Governmental and sociological organizations started looking for and creating new models that could satisfy different needs. Today, the assumptions, which are possible to be made thanks to the statistics, might be one of the most important guides through this harsh period.
Let’s take a look at what we have now. Current data brings hope because, according to the global statistics, the number of weekly recovered people is higher than the number of weekly new cases – 3 249 189 against 2 618 845. In general, coronavirus hurt 178 001 954 people and caused 3 852 382 deaths. Thankfully, 162 528 135 individuals are recovered.

COVID-19 Vaccination

Everyone wants the pandemic and the quarantine to come to an end. But, unfortunately, it cannot be achieved without people being immune to the coronavirus. Naturally, the only means to do it systematically and safely is to vaccinate people from all over the world. Vaccination was always helpful during the previous pandemics and today’s situation is not an exception. Vaccination is what can bring significant effects in terms of fighting an extremely dangerous virus.

Today, several vaccines are used in different countries. The vital thing is to make them available to the majority of inhabitants so that everyone could be protected. It must be monitored in order not to vaccinate people only in well-developed countries but around the globe wherever the virus is active.

One more concern that arises today is that many people in different countries don’t trust the vaccine. This is the problem governments and health organizations have to cope with. One of the ways to do that is to provide good education and objective information about the programs of vaccination. No one will achieve that without using the necessary tools and techniques of data analytics. There is no doubt that authorities must do their best to provide their citizens with real statistical data in order to decrease the level of panic and distrust of the tested and safe species.

The statistics of vaccination are different for each specific country – in some cases the dynamic is good while in others it’s extremely low. According to the current data – around 2,5 billion doses of vaccines were injected and over 9,6% of people around the world are completely vaccinated. The highest rates are performed by the USA and Great Britain – around 45% of their inhabitants are vaccinated.

How AI and BI Impacted the Pandemic

The pandemic is a huge challenge for the healthcare system’s capacity. During the year of the pandemic, governments and large healthcare organizations faced a necessity to develop new services helpful in fighting against COVID-19. The biggest concerns arose about developing new methods of the diagnostics of the disease unknown to science before the end of 2019.

But not only medicine and science required fast development of their approaches – but the effects of the coronavirus on society were also important and they also required dealing with new strategies. As it was mentioned, nothing could bring any positive effects without monitoring and operating relevant data.

All the mentioned aspects imposed new challenges to artificial intelligence. The pandemic forced it to develop faster and to bring more benefits to the different fields and society in general. Models, approaches, and technologies were some of the methods to fight the pandemic successfully. Was existing progress enough to do it?

In point of fact, AI performed its best in the field of data analysis. We witnessed progressive development of existing strategies and unstoppable creation of new systems and models. Different techniques of segmentation, forecasting, analysis proved their capacity and efficiency in extreme conditions requiring fast development.

Nevertheless, AI has proved its reliability in terms of fast-reacting to unexpected global events. It executed enough tasks so that we could claim it to be useful for society.

But still, there is room for improvement.
Many organizations were in big trouble during the pandemic but they could face even more severe conditions if they didn’t use business intelligence to keep track of the most relevant changes in the market sectors. BI tools and methods were always helpful in terms of displaying new strategies but the pandemic and the crises, caused by it, made them even more demanded. The main use of them was keeping the normal pace of business evolution during the period of the dramatic shift. One more reason why businesses will benefit is that they were shown the weaknesses of current ideas and strategies. The pandemic was a good example of how everything might crack in a few months. Now, we guess, huge businesses are looking for better usage of business intelligence.

The post-pandemic period will probably begin a new age that won’t be able to exist without classified and monitored data. Artificial and business intelligence coped with the pandemic well but they need improvement to perform better results during future crises.

Why support matters

We hope that the most difficult times of the pandemic are in the past. But still, no one dares to dispute the fact that the mental wellbeing of many people was seriously damaged during the quarantine. We were restricted from live interaction, we were not allowed to meet with our dearest and nearest, and, to some extent, it still impacts our lives but today’s restrictions are not as strict as they were even a year ago.

Many people struggled to maintain their mental health and it was a difficult challenge to do on one’s own. Thankfully, the situation even during the most severe periods wasn’t critical. We must be thankful to modern technologies for the possibility to keep in touch with our friends and relatives even being distanced by quarantine restrictions. Video calls excluded some problems connected to maintaining one’s mental health. However, experts admit that even the most progressive technologies cannot completely substitute the process of face-to-face communication, which was discovered to be an essential part of our lives.

One of the good means of making new acquaintances online during the pandemic is meeting new people on different forums and platforms. It’s a very nice thing to get acquainted with people from all over the globe having common tastes and interests because they can understand and support you. If you use data analysis for work or just for being informed with the necessary data, our community is what you need. On our site, you will never feel alone. You will always find help and support here. Our community members are ready to share their insights, ideas, and experience about data analysis. So don’t miss this perfect opportunity to join us and to find a new source of inspiration!

Together we are strong. But supported by data analysis we are much stronger! We believe that by supporting each other, we can achieve everything we couldn’t have even dreamed about. There are no limits and restrictions for those who know their aim and who have the necessary means to achieve it. Together we can! We have no doubt that together with data analysis, modern tools, innovative approaches, and unique ideas we are capable of making our future better.

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