COVID-19 Spread Tracker launched by Instagram Founders

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COVID-19 spread tracker launched by Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger has come together. Rt. Live, which is an up-to-date tracker of how fast the coronavirus is spreading each day. Spread tracker is the first product that the duo has launched since leaving the Facebook mother ship.

Tech Crunch reported, tracker will measure the average number of people who become infected by an affected person. The higher above the number 1, the faster COVID-19 races through a population. On the other hand, if the number is less than one, then that will mean that the virus is receding.

For example, Rt.live displays that Georgia has the highest, most dangerous Rt score of 1.5, while New York is down to 0.54. In the app, regions can filter so that one can see how the other states are doing in suppressing COVID-19.“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 help do so” Krieger says.

By better illustrating how even small differences in shelter-in-place policy and compliance can exponentially change the severity of the impact of the virus, it could help convince people to stay inside. This kind of tool could also help determine where it’d be safe to reactivate some businesses, and quickly catch if virality is spiking and strict social distancing needs to reinstate.

One fascinating feature of the site is the ability to filter by region so you can see how the Western states are doing better at suppressing COVID-19 than those in the South. You can also view the rules with no shelter-in-place orders to see they’re doing worse on average. The charts could help identify how different political orientations and their subsequent policies translate to infection outcomes. For more technology news click here.