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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.

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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.

See also: How A New Book About Instagram Changes Our Understanding Of The Founders’ Departure

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