Kovid is a small CLI app to fetch data surrounding the coronavirus pandemic of 2019. I found myself checking Wikipedia constantly for information and since I work mostly in the terminal, like most of you, I thought I'd build this to put the data right at our fingertips.

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Programming language: Ruby
License: MIT License
Latest version: v0.6.2

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🦠 Kovid

Kovid is a small CLI app to fetch data surrounding the coronavirus pandemic of 2019. I found myself checking Wikipedia constantly for information so I thought I'd build this to provide info directly in the terminal. It's where some of us spend time more.

Code contribution and ideas welcome.

βš™οΈ Installation

To install:

  • ️ Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Run gem install kovid.

It's recommended you update often with gem update kovid.

βš’οΈ Usage

You can run kovid --help to see the full list of available commands.

Commands Overview

😷 Fetching

  • kovid check COUNTRY aliased as kovid country COUNTRY.
  • kovid check COUNTRY -f aliased as kovid country COUNTRY --full.

You can get continental information with the following commands:

  • kovid africa.
  • kovid europe.
  • kovid eu. (The European Union)
  • kovid sa. (South America)
  • kovid asia.
  • kovid world. (Worldwide Statistics)


You can fetch US state-specific data:

  • kovid state STATE OR kovid state "STATE NAME".
  • kovid states --all or kovid states -a for data on all US states.


You can fetch province specific data:

  • kovid province PROVINCE or kovid province "PROVINCE NAME".

😷 Comparing

  • kovid compare FOO BAR (sorts by cases DESC).
  • kovid compare FOO BAR -f OR kovid compare FOO BAR --full (sorts by cases DESC).

Where FOO and BAR are different countries.

You can compare as many countries as you want; kovid compare FOO BAR BAZ OR kovid compare FOO BAR BAZ -f


You can compare US states with:

  • kovid states STATE STATE Example: kovid states illinois "new york" california

You can compare provicnes with:

  • kovid provinces PROVINCE PROVINCE Example: kovid provinces ontario manitoba ___ 😷 History
  • kovid history COUNTRY (full history).
  • kovid history COUNTRY N (history in the last N days). ___

NOTE: If you find it irritating to have to type kovid state STATE, covid state STATE works as well.

Histogram (Experimental) πŸ§ͺ

kovid histogram COUNTRY M.YY (draws a histogram of cases in the given month M and years YY) (If the histogram appears messy, you might want to resize your window.)

Commands Details

To fetch basic data on a country run:

kovid check ghana. If the location contains spaces: kovid check "Diamond Princess"


For full table info on a country:

kovid check italy -f OR kovid check italy --full


To compare country stats:

kovid compare germany poland spain


To compare a countries stats with a full table:

kovid compare poland italy usa china -f OR kovid compare poland italy usa china --full


To fetch state-specific data run:

kovid state colorado OR kovid state "north carolina"


To fetch EU data run:

kovid eu


To fetch data on Africa:

kovid africa


You can check historical statistics by running

kovid history italy 7 eg:


To check for total figures:

kovid world


πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€πŸ”¬ Experimental Feature

kovid histogram italy 3.20 tries to build a histogram on number of cases. In the example here 3.20 is date in the format of M.YY. If you can please play with it and report issues on how this could be improved.


Data Source

JHU CSSE GISand Data and https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ via NovelCOVID/API

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» Development

After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. Then, run rake spec to run the tests. You can also run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install.

🀲 Contributing

There are multiple areas in this repo that can be improved or use some refactoring(there's a lot to be refactored in fact!). For that reason, bug reports and pull requests are welcome! This project is intended to be a safe, welcoming space for collaboration, and contributors are expected to adhere to the code of conduct.

πŸ”– License

The gem is available as open-source under the terms of the MIT License.

❀️ Code of Conduct

Everyone interacting in the Kovid project's codebases and issue trackers is expected to follow the code of conduct.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the 🦠 Kovid README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.