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