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A 17-year-old is behind the world’s biggest online coronavirus tracker

Avi Schiffmann’s site provides live information on the number of confirmed cases, deaths, and recoveries caused by the pandemic globally

In another example of teens getting more shit done than the actual government, a 17-year-old high school student has created a website tracking live coronavirus cases across the world.

Avi Schiffmann, who taught himself to code watching YouTube videos, launched nCoV2019.live in late December last year, when coronavirus had not yet been detected outside of China. The site – which has been visited over 40 million times – tracks live information pulled from the World Health Organisation, the Centers for Disease Control, and more to provide accurate and updated numbers on the pandemic.

As well as displaying the number of confirmed cases, deaths, and recoveries from the virus, the site features an interactive map, information on the disease, and the option of subscribing to a newsletter that gives you daily updates sent to your inbox.

Speaking to Democracy Now!, Schiffmann said: “When I started this website, there was less than 1,000 total cases, they were all in the Wuhan area of China, and there was a lot of misinformation spreading. So I decided it would be cool to create a website and make it a central hub of information.”

He continued: “The main goal of (the website) was to provide an easy way to see the straight facts and the data, without having to make a website that was biased or full of ads. You shouldn’t have to go through government websites to download a daily PDF that’s probably out of date by the time you read it, and have to go through all kinds of complicated things just to see the straight facts.”

You can check out Schiffmann’s site here. In the meantime, it’s important to take every day as it comes. Read our guide on how to not freak out about coronavirus here.