Accelerating Understanding of COVID-19: A Case for the Standard Celeration Chart


Presenter(s): Kent Corso, PsyD, BCAB-D (Xcelerate Innovations, LLC); Abigail B. Calkin, Ph.D. (Xcelerate Innovations, LLC)

Abstract: One hundred and twenty days after the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China, the pandemic affected countries around the world (Holshue, DeBolt, Lindquist, et al., 2020). It has destroyed life as we know it for world economies, families and individuals. Initial analyses revealed that every case spawned two additional cases (Morens, Daszak, & Taubenberger 2020); the virus spreads exponentially. To most accurately monitor its spread, visual displays and mathematical analyses must capture the exponential nature which defines its pattern. Many within the standard celeration community began using the standard celeration chart (SCC) to analyze the positive cases and deaths associated with COVID-19. Yet, few major media outlets have used this appropriate analytical method to illustrate the status and progress of this coronavirus. In fact, many media sources continue to use linear displays or other depictions, disseminating misleading and sometimes incorrect images of the virus’ impact at local, federal and international levels. The authors analyzed COVID-19 data using the SCC and contrasted these charts with non-SCC analyses and depictions of COVID-19 data. Making the case that the SCC clearly offers a distinct advantage, the authors make suggestions for disseminating and impacting mainstream media.

Event Level: Intermediate                    CEUs: 1 

Objective(s): 1. Cite key names of references, authors, and/or journals; 2. describe exponential spread by states, countries, and continents stated in plain English; 3. suggest at least 2 methods of media distribution locally or nationally; 4. list 3 specific ways to go about media distribution.