Facebook launches Covid 19 case tracking card in the United States

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The social network Facebook unveiled on Monday a map detailing county by county the number of people with symptoms of coronavirus in the United States.

The card which will be updated daily, is based on data from a voluntary user survey that Facebook is conducting with researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

The map shows the counties across the United States according to the percentage of people with symptoms, color coding each region with a shade of red. Lighter shades indicate lower percentages of people with symptoms, and dark red refers to counties with 2.4% or more of the population reporting symptoms of COVID-19.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the card could give managers a better idea of ​​how to distribute their resources.

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“Understanding how Covid-19 spreads is essential for local governments and public health officials as they allocate scarce resources like respirators and personal protective equipment, and possibly to decide when it will be safe to start reopening different places, “said Zuckerberg in a Facebook post.

“Researchers believe these symptom survey cards can be an important tool in making these decisions,” he said.

 

Zuckerberg added that his platform, which has more than two billion users, is “particularly suitable for carrying out these surveys.”

Facebook plans to launch similar surveys worldwide this week to create maps providing metering data to better predict the spread of the coronavirus.

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