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Tracking COVID-19 with Ruby

Tracking COVID-19 with Ruby

Programmers are not epidemiologists, but epidemiologists have never needed programmers more. Not for our viral opinions but for our ability to retrieve large data sets and make them understandable through expressive code. As the pandemic was silently taking hold in the United States in early 2020, I used simple web and Ruby tools to gather invaluable data from often obscure state data sources in order to understand the extent of the pandemic in my area. I never expected this would lead me to become a contributor to the pirate CDC.

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Olivier Lacan

November 17, 2020
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  2. Tracking COVID-19 (with Ruby)

  3. Olivier Lacan

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  8. COVID-19

  9. December 2019

  10. Frank

  11. Wuhan

  12. WHO

  13. January 2020

  14. January 22, 2020

  15. How to Prevent an Outbreak

  16. Lunar New Year

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  18. Is it spreading?

  19. Johns Hopkins University

  20. February 2nd, 2020

  21. March 8th, 2020

  22. Is it here?

  23. FDOH

  24. March 14th, 2020

  25. March 16th, 2020

  26. March 17th, 2020

  27. March 17th, 2020

  28. March 18th, 2020

  29. AT The COVID Tracking Project

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  33. March 20th, 2020

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  36. urlwatch

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  38. News Reports

  39. March 21st, 2020

  40. paperboi

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  45. undistinguishable from magic

  46. hunting for good data

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  49. good enough

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  62. missing hospitalizations

  63. break

  64. scaling

  65. timeout

  66. pagination

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  68. threads

  69. timeout, again

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  71. intuition

  72. hospitals

  73. Rebekah Jones

  74. reopening criteria

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  78. tipping point

  79. tipping point

  80. researchers

  81. excess mortality

  82. cross-pollination

  83. local journalism

  84. data issues

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  86. reopening criteria

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  92. lawsuits

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  94. Takeaways

  95. Pay for News

  96. (journalists I worked with were furloughed every other week due

    to budget cuts)
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  98. Adelaide Chen Naseem S. Miller Ben Conarck Mario Ariza Aric

    Chokey Daniel Chang
  99. Vote for Science

  100. (science funding & pandemic research was defunded by the Trump

    administration)
  101. Promote Healthcare for All

  102. (private health insurance is mathematically silly)

  103. Fight Systemic Racism

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  105. End Private Prisons

  106. (COVID-19 infected and killed more inmates)

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  108. Contribute your Time & Money

  109. Volunteer

  110. All problems are not technology problems but technologists can help

    if they show up.
  111. Show up.

  112. Thank you.