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Fairmont State University's GIS & Geography Awareness Week: Mapping Public Health
A Student-Led Project of the GIS Lab and Geographic Information Science (GIS) Minor housed in the College of Liberal Arts
The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic – and How it Changed Science, Cities and the Modern World is a book by Steven Berlin Johnson that explores John Snow's analysis of cholera patterns. It is a great read in and out of the classroom or bookclub.
In 1854, Dr. John Snow mapped data from a cholera outbreak in London. His map allowed him to see a clear pattern that no one had noticed yet and ultimately discover the source of the outbreak. A GIS (geographic information system) allows you to compare and analyze geographic data to find patterns. The term GIS did not exist in 1854, but John Snow's map of cholera deaths allowed him to ask questions and solve problems, just like we do with GIS today.(ESRI)
Strategies for distribution of the vaccines vary amongst states, according to this cartogram from NPR. Alaska, New Mexico, and South Dakota lead the nation in terms of percent of population having received more than one dose of the vaccine with more than 20%, 18%, and 17% respectively. New Mexico, North Dakota, and West Virginia are cited as being the most efficient with their vaccine supplies and reached levels of more than 96% of the doses they have received.