The current COVID-19 situation and how it could have been handled better. Spreading information about dangers to the public as soon as possible.

What it does

Retrieves data about various viruses and disasters and gives information about the danger at one convenient website. Data is all from GitHub, and a Google Maps marker displays related statistics at that location. Currently, only SARS-CoV-2 and SARS-CoV have logged data. Ebola and MERS also have tabs with information, but no data is shown yet.

How I built it

Simple website built using Bootstrap and HTML, no extra CSS needed. Javascript was used to handle events and organise the data, and Google's Maps' API helped display it in a readable format.

Challenges I ran into

Issues with parsing CSV data from GitHub repos to JSON. I found a library on the internet and that helped immensely.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

Collecting a vast amount of useful data and displaying it in a more readable way.

What I learned

How to use Google Maps' API and parse CSV files to JSON.

What's next for Biohazard Tracker

Account registration to save health information, symptom questionnaires, more health risks (viruses, fires and natural disasters), real time data, charity links and medical resources.

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Hello, my name is Apsara Fite. During the hackathon I developed a website called Biohazard Tracker to inform and educate people all around the world of health hazards in their area. The Covid-19 pandemic is not the first viral threat in human history, and it certainly won't be the last. In order to prevent widespread suffering in the future, we must make it a priority to spread accurate information about safety to the public.

The Biohazard Tracker's primary purpose is a quick online tool that maps statistics about health hazards by region. Currently the Biohazard tracker only has two data sets logged: COVID-19 and SARS-CoV. There is a small bit of information logged below each map, but I plan to link other resources and charities supporting the cause sometime in the future. I got the data sets from github, and I used the Google Maps API to place markers for each region. When you click on a marker, it reports the health statistics from that region.

Additionally, it also has tools such as a risk questionnaire to help the user assess whether they are susceptible to a hazard. For example, let's say you are a 62 year old man with asthma and plan to go hiking at Yosemite National Park. Let's also say there have been forest fires in San Joaquin County. Given your age demographic, health conditions, and the fire hazard, the questionnaire would inform you about the nearby fires and poor AQI and give advice accordingly. In the future, I would like to implement a login feature that saves users' health information for their convenience.

I have a lot of things I wish to do with this website. I hope that the final project will be a one-stop information hub for people to gather scientific, reliable data that will help them prevent avoidable health risks. Thank you for listening!

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