On the 7th February 2020, the number of confirmed cases was 31,485 in over 28 countries, which rose to 71,811 by 17th February 2020, that is over 128% in 10 days. They are over 700,000 cases have been recorded as of 29th March 2020. One of the reasons for the increase is misinformation, there is a global epidemic of misinformation spreading rapidly through social media platforms and other outlets on COVID19.
What it does
Virdash is a resource hub to increase awareness and accurate information on COVID-19 in Africa. It is an open-source project to improve areas of communication and early detection of the virus by the use of a real-time visualization dashboard and up-to-date information about the virus from credible sources such as the World Health Organisation, UNICEF, Center for Disease Control of several countries. It also has a report a case feature that allows a suspected carrier to fill in symptoms to see if they match that of COVID-19
How We built it
Virdash is been developed by a team of 14 from 4 countries in Africa. Version 1 was built with Plotly-dash for the data visualisation, tweepy to integrate the Twitter API and Google form to get the data of suspected cases.
Challenges we ran into
Some of the challenges we face are:
- It is slow on some devices
- In the beginning, we had a shortage of human resource
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
Building and launch version 1 within a week Recognition by ESRI, we were given access to the COVID-19 resource and 6-month access to their ArcGIS platform
What We learned COVID-19 is spreading at an alarming rate, with awareness and accurate information the rate of spread can be reduced. There is a general low awareness about the impact for Africa.
What's next for Virdash
After the version 1 and feedback from users, we have built a version two(2) which includes a chat bot, better refined report a case feature and better visualization for optimal performance. We do hope to reach out to more people and help curb the spread of the COVID-19. The goal of Virdash ultimately is to track other viruses, while also providing tools to curb the spread.