Media reported that there is now a website to track the spread of the new corona virus by volunteers from several large technology companies, including Apple, the entire site was built in less than six days. Alphabet engineer Prem Ramaswami has teamed up with volunteers from Boston Children’s Hospital and other companies, including Apple and Amazon, to create a website called COVID Near You, a website based on the development of the flu transmission tracking technology.
Tracking new coronaviruses with crowdsourced data will help people stay informed about the outbreak
Although the site was reportedly set up by technicians, the content sits from experts, with the goal of attracting no fewer than 100,000 users to register their current health condition sits on it and better fill the heat map above.
Users can visit the site and fill out a short form – about symptoms, age, and whether they have been vaccinated against the flu. This may provide a better map of the spread of the new coronary virus, as there are few tests currently conducted in the United States and usually only those with symptoms are tested by the relevant medical institutions.
In addition, the website will continue to receive up-to-date information and provide data directly to experts. Volunteers do the project at night and during breaks, which are separate from the hours they work during the day.
Apple’s engineers were already working from home during the global pandemic, a frustration that could provide a good impetus for developing better tools to fight the virus. From global supply chain issues to the cancellation of major events, the tech industry is feeling the pressure from all sides of the epidemic, and even Apple’s global developer conference has to move online.