World Daily: Irvine high school students self-built “epidemic information network” 1 million visits

, World Daily: Irvine high school students self-built “epidemic information network”  1 million visits, Student News Network--SNN学生新闻社 尔湾新闻共享 橙县社区新闻, Student News Network--SNN学生新闻社 尔湾新闻共享 橙县社区新闻
, World Daily: Irvine high school students self-built “epidemic information network”  1 million visits, Student News Network--SNN学生新闻社 尔湾新闻共享 橙县社区新闻, Student News Network--SNN学生新闻社 尔湾新闻共享 橙县社区新闻

Translated from World Daily. Reporter Shang Ying / April 15, 2020

, World Daily: Irvine high school students self-built “epidemic information network”  1 million visits, Student News Network--SNN学生新闻社 尔湾新闻共享 橙县社区新闻, Student News Network--SNN学生新闻社 尔湾新闻共享 橙县社区新闻
, World Daily: Irvine high school students self-built “epidemic information network”  1 million visits, Student News Network--SNN学生新闻社 尔湾新闻共享 橙县社区新闻, Student News Network--SNN学生新闻社 尔湾新闻共享 橙县社区新闻
high school students in Irvine who participated in the self-built information website: from bottom left: Zuo Fuer, Tu Ziyan, Chen Jiajun; from top left: Gao Ge, Wang Jiaqi. (Provided by the interviewee)
, World Daily: Irvine high school students self-built “epidemic information network”  1 million visits, Student News Network--SNN学生新闻社 尔湾新闻共享 橙县社区新闻, Student News Network--SNN学生新闻社 尔湾新闻共享 橙县社区新闻
Send masks to community neighbors. (Provided by the interviewee)

Gao Ge and Wang Jiaqi are students at Woodbridge High in Irvine, participated in the Orange County CS Programming Contest in March. Gao Ge showed symptoms of suspected infection of new coronary pneumonia (COVID-19) during this time, which caused parents anxiety and worry. Feeling the seriousness of the new coronary pneumonia epidemic and the urgent needs of the community and parents for the epidemic information, the two students decided to make a new coronary pneumonia epidemic information website to help the Chinese community get information in a timely manner.

The website currently has five high school students in a team responsible for it. Gao Ge and Wang Jiaqi understand programming (writing programs) and are responsible for improving the website. Three other students Zuo Fuer, Tu Ziyan and Chen Jiajun are responsible for news search, translation, and publishing. It has been followed by nearly one million people in the weeks since the website was built, and currently has about 30,000 daily views. They said that the followers basically came from WeChat, especially the COVID-19 symptom self-test applet attracted the most attention. Based on symptom selection, help users self-test before seeking medical advice, and recommend whether to seek medical treatment.

The two students introduced that from the first day of the school’s announcement on March 14, they opened the COVID-19 epidemic information website project “The Epidemic Around You”, and at the same time, added some manual edits of the epidemic news. Use Python and JS language programming to track the epidemic information around the community in real-time, including the official data of Orange County and Los Angeles County, which are most concerned by the Irvine Chinese, and promptly summarize the national and global epidemic information and push it to the community. On March 16, the website with initial functions realized the program of automatically capturing the website data of the Orange County Health Bureau, and the Snnnewsus.com epidemic website was officially launched.

Gao Ge, one of the founders, said that at the beginning, their website mainly captured the data of Orange County and Los Angeles County, and now the news content has been added. It mainly includes epidemic data, official government information, and notices, and plans to finally implement a bilingual version in Chinese and English to help Chinese immigrants keep up to date with the official information on the epidemic in the United States and update the community epidemic in real-time. Information sources include Orange County and Los Angeles County Health Departments, CDC, major media, etc. Information from English social platforms, WeChat and other Chinese social media will be specifically noted.

Wang Jiaqi is responsible for collecting and disseminating the epidemic data, consolidating various data from various websites and translating them into Chinese. He said that it is so convenient for Chinese immigrants who do not understand English to better understand the trend of the epidemic, so as not to find it inconvenient to find data everywhere. Some new cases are calculated based on information. Data will continue to be added, and the page will continue to update automatically.

In addition to the website construction, they also used the website platform to publish information, called for fundraising for the US COVID-19 epidemic, purchased 4,000 masks, and distributed them to community residents free of charge. They sent a message on the community exchange network Nextdoor, informing the community residents who needed masks to collect it, and distributed it to neighbors and teachers in need, etc., which solved the urgent needs of many neighbors and other ethnic residents in the community.

Gao Ge explained that the original intention was not to want others to misunderstand and discriminate against the Chinese, because at that time some people said that the Chinese virus (Chinese Virus), it was also rumored that the Chinese bought out masks and so on. So buying masks from China to give back to the community for free is to help the community and change the one-sided impressions and misunderstandings of other ethnic groups about the Chinese.

, World Daily: Irvine high school students self-built “epidemic information network”  1 million visits, Student News Network--SNN学生新闻社 尔湾新闻共享 橙县社区新闻, Student News Network--SNN学生新闻社 尔湾新闻共享 橙县社区新闻
Send masks to community neighbors. (Provided by the interviewee)

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世界日报:尔湾华裔高中生 自建“疫情信息网” 一个月100万访问量啦

记者尚颖/尔湾市报导 2020年04月15日

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参与自建信息网站的尔湾高中生:下左起:左芙而,涂子妍,陈佳俊;上左起:高歌,王家齐。(受访者提供)
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为社区邻居发送口罩。(受访者提供)

尔湾木桥高中(Woodbridge High)两位同学高歌和王家齐,3月参加橙县CS编程竞赛,期间高歌出现新冠肺炎(COVID-19)疑似感染症状,令父母焦虑忧心。两位同学在感受到新冠肺炎疫情的严重性,及社区和家长们对于疫情信息的迫切需求,决定做新冠肺炎疫情信息网站,帮助华人社区及时获得信息。

该网站目前有五名高中生组成团队负责,高歌和王家齐懂编程(写程式),负责完善网站,另有三名同学左芙而、涂子妍、陈佳俊负责新闻搜索、翻译和发布。从网站建成之日起几星期已获近百万人次关注,目前每日点击量达3万左右。他们表示,关注者基本来自微信,尤其以COVID-19 症状自测小程序受关注最多。根据症状选择,帮助使用者就医前自我检测,建议是否就医。

两位同学介绍,从3月14日学校宣布关闭的第一天,他们就开启COVID-19疫情信息网站项目“你身边的疫情”,同时,增加了手工编辑部分疫情新闻。利用Python和JS语言编程,实时跟踪社区周围的疫情信息,包括尔湾华人最关心的橙县和洛杉矶县官方数据,及时汇总全美和全球疫情信息推送给社区。3月16日,初具功能的网站实现自动抓取橙县卫生局网站数据程序,Snnnewsus.com疫情网站正式上线。

创始人之一高歌说,最开始他们的网站主要抓橙县和洛杉矶县数据,现在增加了新闻内容。主要包括疫情数据,政府官方信息和通知,计划最后实现中英文双语版,帮助华裔移民及时了解美国疫情的官方信息,实时更新社区疫情。信息来源包括橙县和洛杉矶县卫生部门、CDC、各大媒体等,来自英文社交平台、微信等中文社交媒体的信息会特别注明。

王家齐负责收集和发布疫情数据,把各个网站的各种数据总汇到一起,并翻译成中文。他表示,如此方便不懂英文的华人移民更能了解疫情走势,以免到处找数据不方便。一些新增病例,是根据信息计算得出。也会继续添加数据,页面自动持续更新。

除了网站建设,他们还利用网站平台发布信息,呼吁为美国COVID-19疫情募捐,购买了4000只口罩,免费发放给社区居民。他们在社区交流网Nextdoor发信息,告知需要口罩的社区居民来领取,并分发给需要的邻居和老师等,解决了很多邻居和社区其它族裔居民的燃眉之急。

高歌解释,初衷是不希望他人误解歧视华人,因为当时有人说中国病毒(Chinese Virus),还传言中国人买光了口罩等等。所以从中国买口罩免费回馈社区,是想帮助社区,改变其他族裔对华人的片面印象和误解。

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为社区邻居发送口罩。(受访者提供)

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