The spread of coronavirus is changing the situation by the hour and it can be hard to keep tabs on the situation. Making sense of the current COVID-19 environment requires piecing together hundreds of fragmented channels. This includes, but is not limited to, waiting for sluggish updates from the CDC, sifting through various Twitter feeds, or calling your friends for the latest on fear-mongering rumors. What if there could be a better way to be in the loop, without hunting through multiple channels?
What it does
Coronavirus Wire is a curated news aggregator that provides real-time updates on the most important changes affecting your local community, so that you can stay informed and make rational decisions.
It's designed to counteract misinformation and rumors around Coronavirus spread through social media by highlighting what's truly happening locally, nationally, and globally around you. Determine wait times at your local hospital, see grocery store item shortages, and take actions according to municipality rules. Quickly learn what's happening to your neighborhood, plan decisions on the available local resources, and take action knowing you are informed to the best of your abilities. Stay informed locally. Act rationally.
How I built it
We are a team of 11+ volunteers across from engineer, design, journalism, and product. Using a series of machine learning algorithms, we are able to scrape news articles from reputable news and summarize them in a series of live feed updates. Users can search for local information via their zipcode, to learn about hospital wait time, the current state of infrastructure and utilities, and more. Our moderation platform allows volunteers to screen certain news postings that require additional review before releasing to the news feed aggregator.
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What's next for Coronavirus Wire: Your neighborhood COVID news aggregator
Our first step is to build an aggregation of sources from the most affected areas in the United States for our initial launch, New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle regions.
Once we have a stable site running for the three affected regions, we’ll expand our aggregation to include the rest of the United States and globally.
In the future we’d like to enable a way for citizen reporting to add to the sources, determine confirmed cases and supplement that to official local and government official resourcing.
And finally we would like to aggregate a list of the best initiatives (whether private or government) that people can turn to for support in self testing, funding shelter, food sources, etc