A website to show live data on the rate of spread of COVID-19 has been developed by Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. The website directly uses the data from the COVID Tracking Project, an organization collecting testing and infection rates to calculate whether the infection has spread in a US state or not.
The URL of the website RT.live. It tracks the reproduction rate (Rt) of the virus for all the states in the US. It gives a rough estimate of the number of people who got infected by a single person. As per the website, “Values over 1.0 mean we should expect more cases in that area, values under 1.0 mean we should expect fewer,”.
As per the data from the website, 15 states in the US have a reproduction rate of less than 1. The website comes with a more region-specific approach. You can get a much better-detailed report about a particular region with rt.live website. The website shows that the virus is spreading rapidly in South Carolina, North Dakota and Ohio. Vermont, Alabama, and Colorado have an average rate while New York is the worst hit by the virus.
The website will be able to understand the real-time impact of the decisions made by official authorities regarding the restriction and lockdown.
Founder of Instagram, Kevin Systrom told Bloomberg, “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,”
The website also has some limitations like the fast increase in the decline in the testing rates that will affect the number.
Rt.live is a good source for tracking the COVID-19. The best part is that you can get results based on individual regions, which is something nice. Visit Rt.live to get more data on the same.