Today, the World is worried about coronavirus. We are fighting against this deadly disease, and want to know everything about this virus. The spread of the new coronavirus around the world is bringing out the best in some people. 17-year-old high school senior Avi Schiffmann lives in Washington state. He created a website to monitor the coronavirus, as well as to provide facts about the illness.
The teenager is so dedicated to his project that he spends up to 6 hours each day to improve the website that has millions of views. Before the second version of his website went live, he spent his whole weekend in his room to work through the night and staying up until 7 AM.
Avi goes to Mercer Island High School.
He launched his website in December 2019 and has been tinkering with it ever since.He updates his website with the number of people affected by the illness every 10 minutes. He provides all the information by collecting and cross-referencing data from sources such as the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as local health departments.
“I thought it would be cool if there was a website that could pull in all the information from all kinds of sources,” the teenager told TODAY.
“I mainly wanted to create something that would show the data as accurately as possible because there has been a lot of misinformation.”
He continued: I’m always adding new features. It’s going to adapt as it goes along. In the future, it might be less interesting to know there are five cases in France.
We might be more interested in knowing the percentage increase from last week to this week.”
According to the teen, people send him messages if they spot anything inaccurate.
“A while ago, there was a massive bug, where it doubled all the numbers of coronavirus cases.And I got hundreds of messages. But overall, I’ve done a good job of managing my server. ”
He also updates the numbers of people who’ve recovered from the coronavirus to show a more nuanced picture of the situation.
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