Inspiration

“Fear of the unknown is the greatest fear of all.”

What it does

This site shows the latest status of COVID-19 in Australia. It is live at https://covid-19-au.com/. This site accumulates the information from different resources including:

  • the overall affected cases in each state;
  • the trend of affected cases;
  • tweets and news about COVID-19;
  • the map location of patients' trace, and hospitals which can carry out COVID-19 tests;
  • the flights with confirmed cases; and
  • basic knowledge about COVID-19.

How I built it

This site is developed and maintained by a volunteer team, mostly from the Faculty of IT, Monash University. We separate our team into different groups including front-end dev, back-end dev, data collection, news selection, data visualization, UI/UX for constructing this tool collaboratively.

Challenges I ran into

  • Ensure the accuracy, speed, and completeness of obtaining the information.
  • The design selection: we have to make users both not too stressful and not too relaxed
  • The interaction with the map from the small-screen mobile devices

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

  • We have attracted 2.4M page views from 290K users from Australia.
  • We have received many positive feedbacks from users in Reddit, Twitter, Facebook
  • Our data has been used by different departments of Government including Victoria Park, and Queensland Police.

What's next for COVID-19 in Australia — Real-Time Report

  • Provide better interactive visualization for showing historical data trend
  • Multi-lingual site development. As not everyone in AU is proficient in English, we hope that users can switch to their native language when using our site.
  • A dedicated page for nice interactive visualization for our data including age, gender, suburb distribution of confirmed cases, increasing number in each state, ICU beds in each hospital, etc.
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