UVa, Virginia Tech undergraduates help develop website to track coronavirus spread
As health organizations around the world try to shut down the spread of the virulent coronavirus that has killed more than 800 people in China, a group of computer science majors who were high school friends has developed a website to track reported cases worldwide.
Trackcorona.live is the creation of University of Virginia undergraduates James Yun and Soukarya Ghosh; Bilguunzaya Battogtokh, of Stanford University; and Austin Stout, of Virginia Tech. The four are friends from Arlington’s Yorktown High School.
The website features tables and charts updated with real-time data, including recovery and mortality rates and interactive maps detailing the virus’ travels by country and city.
“Our intention was to inform people about the growing spread of the virus,” Yun explained. “This way, people can track the infection rates in real time, as well as hone into specific geographic hotspots using our interactive map. With the amount of attention the virus has gotten, we think it’s important to equip people with the right tool to monitor the situation.”
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