Instagram’s cofounders built a website to track state-by-state spread of coronavirus
Instagram’s cofounders built a website to track the state-by-state spread of coronavirus.
Using the data from the coronavirus Tracking Project, the cofounders of Instagram created a website to monitor the state-by-state spread of COVID-19 in the US, Bloomberg News reported.
The website, RT.live, uses a statistic known in epidemiology as an efficient recreation number. It tracks the average number of individuals who catch the virus from one infected person.
“We’re trying to take what is a complex topic and boil it down to a simple number that anyone can view from their home,” former Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom told Bloomberg.
The coronavirus Tracking Project, where RT.live receives its data, is an all-volunteer initiative that collects data from trustworthy known sources, such as public health authorities, and reports state-by-state details about the number of COVID-19 tests given, whether they’re positive or negative, the number of hospitalizations and number of casualties
Systrom told Bloomberg the goal with RT.live was to give people a better understanding of what the spread of the virus looks like at the local level.
He and fellow Instagram cofounder Mike Krieger left the company in 2018, 6 years after it was acquired by Facebook. Neither one has a background in health or epidemiology, according to Bloomberg.