COVID-19 in Italy; The Epidemic’s Staggering Numbers

Corona in Italy

I would place this infographic after paragraph 6 because this infographic serves as a visual to help people understand how many beds are at Bergamo’s main hospital are dedicated to those with severe symptoms of the virus and how many are in intensive care.  Although this is only a tenth of the actual numbers, I think people are able to get a better understand of the bed dedication breakdown from this infographic.

Funerals in Italy

This infographic would be placed after paragraph 12 in this story.  This infographic serves as support to this paragraph in it’s visual explanation of the breakdown of how many funerals Antonio Ricciardi’s local funeral parlor had from March 1-18 of 2020 compared to a typical 30-31 day period in the course of a month. The x-axis is the number of days and the y-axis is the number of funerals held.

Actual Reported vs. Estimate

This infographic would be placed after paragraph 17 in the Italy Coronavirus story.  This infographic supports the information presented to the readers in paragraph 17 by showing what the official figure of COVID-19 cases is compared to the estimate number of infected people in the area.  The graph shows what the official figure is and then displays values for five and ten times the official figure would be.  I think seeing the difference in numbers in bar graph size helps the readers grasp how big five to ten times the official figure is actually.

For this infographic support assignment, I decided to complete my infographics based off of the story about the Coronavirus in Italy written by the Associated Press. When first assigned, I went through and read each of the stories. I then decided to complete my infographic based on the amount of statistical information provided in the Coronavirus in Italy story because I thought I could make the most helpful infographics from the statistics provided and these infographics would serve as better support for this information. I decided to choose paragraphs that were kind of hard to understand just how big the difference in numbers provided were as well as how shocking the number of infected and symptomatic people were. While reading the first paragraph to really catch my attention was the sixth paragraph that explained how many beds were assigned to Coronavirus patients at Bergamo’s main hospital. I knew I could create a catching infographic about the number of beds. I then kept reading and found the twelfth infographic to be eye catching because having over 611 funerals in 18 days sounds outrageous to me, especially when the normal is just over 100 for a whole month and that is approximately half the time! Of course, the seventeenth paragraph then caught my attention as well as the official figure is so much less compared to the estimate number of people who are actually affected by the virus.

It took me about an hour to complete my research reading through each of the stories and deciphering which statistics and information I wanted to make my infographics on. I chose the listed paragraphs above because I thought they could use the most support and a visual representation of the breakdown could be helpful for readers to further understand the value of the numbers presented.

I created my infographics on Canva and each from scratch. I stuck with a red, black, grey, and white color scheme because when I think of the word “infected” I think of redness coloration and I think of bad and to me the color red seems to stick out with both of those thoughts and that is why red is a main color used in my infographics. I used the same color scheme throughout each of my infographics to show similarity and connection as the readers continue to read through each infographic placed throughout the story. Both the line graph and bar graph created were made in Excel after inputting the data in an Excel workbook. For my infographic about the beds placed after paragraph 6 I decided to represent the data by using bed graphics and coloring the few that are dedicated to coronavirus symptomatic patients in intensive care. I also put a doctor figure in the lower left-hand corner and used a quote bubble around the text to make it seem as though the doctor would be explaining the infographic statistics. For my infographic about the number of funerals held throughout March 1-18, I decided that a stacked line graph would best represent how the data changes overtime in the course of the 18 days but also how a typical month looks at the funeral parlor. I think this best shows the data comparison at the same time from the 18 days to the 30 to 31-day period in a month. For my last infographic for paragraph 17, I created a bar graph to show the difference between the official figure and the estimate range of people infected. I think this shows a great side-by-side comparison of the data. This creation process probably took me a combined 2.5 hours to create after putting together all the information.

Information Source:

Barry, C., & Bruno, L. (2020, March 20). Italy’s virus epicenter grapples with huge toll, some hidden. Retrieved from

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