Facebook teamed up with Carnegie Mellon University to launch a newInteractive mapTo help people understand the transmission of coronavirus in the United States in a timely manner.For now, the map is based on survey data across the United States, allowing users to see how many people are experiencing symptoms related to the disease. The map currently covers only the United States, but plans to expand to other countries in the near future.
Facebook said it had a unique advantage in gathering information on the epidemic because of its global coverage. During the next few weeks, the survey will be expanded to other countries to help better understand the global situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mark Zuckerberg said in a post on his personal Facebook page :" Based on the aggregated data from our survey with Carnegie Mellon University researchers, we will today release a map COVID-19 outbreaks across the United States.
Understanding how covid-19 is spread is crucial for local governments and public health officials, who allocate scarce resources such as ventilators and PPE, and ultimately decide when to start reopening public places in various places. The researchers believe that these symptom maps can be an important tool for making these decisions.
Next, Facebook and Carnegie Mellon University will begin these surveys worldwide this week. This will enable them to expand the epidemic map and provide County by county epidemic data in almost all countries where Facebook operates. They are also looking for more research partners around the world to help generate insights from these aggregated data to help respond to the covid-19 epidemic.