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Instagram founders reunite to create a COVID-19 spread tracker

Instagram COVID-19 tracker

Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have teamed up to release their first product together since leaving the Facebook mothership. The product, which is Rt.live, is an up-to-date tracker of how fast COVID-19 is spreading in each state.

Essentially, “Rt” measures the average number of people who are infected by an infectious person. The higher the number goes above the number 1, the faster COVID-19 is expected to accelerate through the population. On the other hand, a number below one shows the virus receding.

Right now, Rt.live displays that Georgia has the highest, most dangerous Rt score of 1.5 while New York is down to 0.54.

Krieger tells Techcrunch: “Kevin has been writing and publishing open-source data analysis notebooks on how to calculate Rt on a daily basis. We wanted to take that work and visualize it so anyone can see how their state is doing at curbing the spread.”

“As states decide whether and how to open back up, they’ll have to manage their infection rate carefully, and we hope dashboards like rt.live will be helpful in doing so” Krieger further added.

Although this is confined to the United States at the moment, it could give one a better sense of how the country is dealing with the outbreak of the pandemic only by looking at the case studies. Also, it will help other countries and several other tech platforms to devise ways and means to formulate their own strategy as the world right now, is shut down and grappling to come out of the precarious situation.

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