Green, Yellow, Orange or Red? This New Tool Shows COVID-19 Risk In Your County

As cases of coronavirus surge in many states, a new color-coding tool backed by a coalition of top scientists provides an apples-to-apples way of comparing outbreak severity, down to the county level.
This interactive map lets you find out how bad your county's coronavirus outbreak is. Source: Harvard Global Health Institute/Microsoft AI/Screenshot by NPR

How severe is the spread of COVID-19 in your community? If you're confused, you're not alone. Though state and local dashboards provide lots of numbers, from case counts to deaths, it's often unclear how to interpret them — and hard to compare them to other places.

"There hasn't been a unified, national approach to communicating risk, says Danielle Allen, a professor and director of Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. "That's made it harder for people," she says.

Allen, along with researchers at the Harvard Global Health Institute, is leading a collaboration

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