- Dec 11, 2018
Last week, as cities across the country shut down in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, President Trump said, “We have a problem that, a month ago, nobody thought about.” Well, somebody did. On December 29th, as Trump vacationed with his family at Mar-a-Lago, Avi Schiffmann, a seventeen-year-old from Washington State, launched a homemade Web site to track the movement of the coronavirus. Since then, the site, ncov2019.live, has had more than a hundred million visitors. “I wanted to just make the data easily accessible, but I never thought it would end up being this big,” the high-school junior said last week over FaceTime. Schiffmann, gap-toothed and bespectacled, was sitting on his bed wearing a blue T-shirt and baggy pajama bottoms. It was late morning. He was at his mother’s house, on Mercer Island, outside Seattle. Somewhere in the room his cat, Louie, mewed. Behind him hung a Ferrari poster.
The High Schooler Who Became a COVID-19 Watchdog
While his friends are worrying about whether the prom will be cancelled, Avi Schiffmann and his coronavirus-tracking site are navigating global fame.
r/nextfuckinglevel - 17 Year Old creates the largest Covid-19 tracker in the world, rejects $8 million to place ads on the website.
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Live coronavirus dashboard tracker. See data, maps, social media trends, and learn about prevention measures.