Natural disasters and disease epidemics create a tsunami of knowledge gaps, fake or inaccurate news, with more opinions rather than actual facts and analysis. Much of this is underpinned with feelings of helplessness and fear. In response, two French expats based in Taiwan have created an app to track the coronavirus in real-time.
Kevin Basset and Maxime Michel spent an initial on coronavirus.app with the goal of informing people about the epidemic. I spoke to Kevin who explained, "We realized that although the coronavirus was all over the news, there wasn’t an easy way to track the toll. We thought we could build something useful, so we went ahead and developed the app.