To battle the Coronavirus pandemic, Instagram co Founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger teamed up once again to create website that tracks Covid-19 in United States. The website tracks the spreading of the virus round the states in US.
The website shows live data rate of spread COVID-19 from one person to another. The launched website RT.live uses data from COVID Tracking Project, an organisation that collects testing and infection rates, to calculate whether the infection has spread or not in a US state.
According to the website instructions “Values over 1.0 mean we should expect more cases in that area, values under 1.0 mean we should expect fewer.”
Founders of Instagram Coronavirus tracking URL is RT.live, it tracks the effective reproduction rate (Rt) of coronavirus separately for all the states, thereby giving an estimate of the number of people who get infected by a single infected person.
The data helps to look at the spread of the virus, which has spread globally, with a more region-specific approach. According to the data, 15 out of 50 states in the US have an Rt less than 1. The data at 4pm IST on April 20 showed that the spread of COVID-19pandemic is the slowest in the state of Connecticut with its Rt at 0.42.
Other states like Vermont, Colorado, and Alabama have also shown that on average, the virus is not growing in the states. The same data shows that the virus is continuing to grow at the fastest pace in North Dakota, South Carolina, and Ohio. New York, the state worst hit in the US by the virus, is still in the red with COVID-19 infected still transmitting it to others after previously keeping the spread in check for more than a week.
Furthermore, the website mentions that there are certain limitations with the data. It says that a fast increase in decline in the testing rates will affect the numbers. Also, the delay between the onset of sickness in a person and testing positive is not reflected in these numbers.