Instagram Founders Launches COVID-19 Spread Tracking Dashboard for States

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Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have launched their first new project since they dropped Facebook. According to a report from TechCrunch, Krieger and Systrom have launched a new website called Rt.live which is dedicated to tracking the speed of COVID-19 spread across each state in the US.

“Rt” has been a commonly used metric during the COVID-19 pandemic. It measures the average number of people who become infected by an infectious person. If the Rt for a state is above 1, it means the virus is spreading quickly.

“If Rt is above 1.0, the virus will spread quickly,” the Rt.live website explains. “When Rt is below 1.0, the virus will stop spreading,” Krieger explained in an interview with TechCrunch.

The goal is for the data on the dashboard to become useful to states as they consider if and when to reopen. “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 be helpful in doing so,” Krieger told Josh Constine of TechCrunch.

If we consider the data provided by Rt.live, it seems that those states where lockdown has been imposed have a low infection rate. This means the formula for social distancing is quite working effectively. As of now, Georgia has the highest rate of infection with an Rt score of 1.5. Meanwhile, you can check the live data regularly by visiting this site.

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