Data heroes of COVID tracking project are still filling U.S. government void | Curio

Data heroes of COVID tracking project are still filling U.S. government void

13 mins | Dec 2, 2020

How a volunteer group became the most trustworthy source on how the pandemic is unfolding in the US. In a time where critical information about the pandemic was scarce in the US, the COVID Tracking Project — a volunteer-run initiative — stepped up and began offering, in a very accessible way, almost real-time data on how the coronavirus pandemic was developing in the country. Now, "the website has been referenced by epidemiologists and other scientists, news organizations, state health officials, the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and the Biden transition team." Drew Armstrong analyses why the project represents a "demonstration of citizen know-how and civic dedication at a time when the country feels like it’s being pulled apart."

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From Bloomberg Businessweek