A virus trajectory prediction for the upcoming week. Lower index number means reduced spread
Given the recent management of the pandemic in the U.S. and the excessively time-consuming nature of this data work, I have decided to wind down VioletTracker. The exact nature of this wind down process is something I'll be working out, but for now, expect fewer updates (unless necessary/ appropriate). The Real-time Covid Forecast is where I will be focusing much of my energy. Thank you for tuning in and doing your part during this crisis-of-a-generation.
VioletTracker is a compilation of all the Covid-related news you need to keep yourself safe in NYC & at NYU. Check back here regularly for live updates and sign up for the newsletter with the button below.
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New York State recently announced a new privacy-minded Covid app, called COVID Alert NY, designed by the state Department of Health.
The app keeps people safe and provides exposure notifications using bluetooth iOS / Android technology (rather than tracking your location). It works regionally with apps in NY, NJ, PA, and DE.
The app also has other features, such as recent county-by-county testing results and a health log to help you monitor any possible symptoms.
As of 12/01, 1.1 million New Yorkers have downloaded it to keep NY safe. I urge you to join us.
Purpose: To promote public health, greater transparency, and communication, so that the community may make smarter, more informed decisions.
Timeliness: In general, the frequency of the tracker & newsletter will depend on how often NYU updates its dataset. This website will be updated as often as it is relevant, and will usually remain current. I am doing this as a sort of public health side-project and I have various other time commitments as well, so please excuse any delays on my part. I may provide interim and breaking news coverage as I see fit.
Independence: Despite me being an NYU student, this newsletter is wholly my own views, informed by lots of news, data, and community sources, and sometimes vetted by third parties. It does not contain any explicit influence from the University. I did make the conscious decision to include rumors in the bulletins, because I believe some of them have value.
Alert Flags: The red, orange, yellow, and green alert flags are tied to two metrics: risk of closure (each NYU campus remaining below 100 new cases in a 2-week block) and risk of outbreak (whether the community caseload is still manageable enough for NYU's admin to handle).