13 May 2020
It has been a couple of years since Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger left the company started about a decade ago. They have now teamed up again to launch a new COVID-19 tracker website that focuses on the transmission data. The live tracker uses the Rt metric to represent the speed at which the disease is spreading across states in the U.S.
Rt is a metric that is essentially an average number of people who become infected by an infectious person. If any state has Rt value over 1, then the COVID-19 is spreading at a higher speed. Similarly, if the value is below 1, the spread is at a slow speed. In other words, a higher value suggests a riskier situation for that particular state.
It is a live tracker which means the value changes as updated COVID-19 data is shared by relevant authorities. North Dakota has the highest Rt value at 1.7 and Connecticut has the lowest at 0.42 at the time of writing this piece. The website shows current data by default but a user can choose to check data for yesterday, last week, two weeks ago, and three weeks ago. It can further be filtered on the basis of criteria like Ten largest, No shelter in place, Northeast, West, Midwest, and South.
The tracker website can prove to be helpful in many ways to citizens as well as authorities. One can use to see the current trend to get an idea of whether COVID-19 spread is at an increase or decrease in their state. It can be used to check whether shelter in place is proving to be any effective at places where it has been implemented. If you are interested in checking out the live Rt tracker for COVID-19, simply click the source link below.