A family takes pictures in a field of blooming poppies in Lancaster, California, on April 17. The new RT.live website, introduced by Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, is expected to help citizens understand whether they are in danger, as parts of the US economy reopen amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: EPA-EFE A family takes pictures in a field of blooming poppies in Lancaster, California, on April 17. The new RT.live website, introduced by Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, is expected to help citizens understand whether they are in danger, as parts of the US economy reopen amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: EPA-EFE
A family takes pictures in a field of blooming poppies in Lancaster, California, on April 17. The new RT.live website, introduced by Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, is expected to help citizens understand whether they are in danger, as parts of the US economy reopen amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: EPA-EFE

Instagram founders build website tracking spread of Covid-19

  • The RT.live site uses a statistic called an effective reproduction number, which tracks the average number of people who catch the coronavirus from a single infected person
  • Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger see it more useful to look at the coronavirus pandemic’s infection rate from a local angle

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A family takes pictures in a field of blooming poppies in Lancaster, California, on April 17. The new RT.live website, introduced by Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, is expected to help citizens understand whether they are in danger, as parts of the US economy reopen amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: EPA-EFE A family takes pictures in a field of blooming poppies in Lancaster, California, on April 17. The new RT.live website, introduced by Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, is expected to help citizens understand whether they are in danger, as parts of the US economy reopen amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: EPA-EFE
A family takes pictures in a field of blooming poppies in Lancaster, California, on April 17. The new RT.live website, introduced by Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, is expected to help citizens understand whether they are in danger, as parts of the US economy reopen amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: EPA-EFE
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