In late 2019, an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus — now known as COVID-19 — simmered for weeks in Wuhan, China before claiming its first victim on January 10, 2020. Chinese officials quarantined the province on January 23. Unpredictably, the first case outside of China surfaced in Singapore on January 4.
Dataminr’s AI platform discovered early indicators of a potential epidemic on December 30, 2019, 11 days before the first casualty and had sent its customers hundreds of alerts related to the virus ahead of the initial quarantine. Those early Dataminr alerts have helped corporate risk managers make better-informed decisions to restrict employee travel, cancel conferences and temporarily close offices. With the highly contagious nature of COVID-19, maintaining ongoing situational awareness is crucial. Real-time information from Dataminr can help guide your company’s ongoing risk mitigation plans.