The COVID-19 Live Updates (CLU) platform is a continuously updated source of COVID-19 data and guidance. I compile, interpret, and place the most satisfactory data known on cases, deaths, tests, hospitalizations, vaccines, stringency indexes, and more to support the general public in responses to the ongoing health crisis. Industry leaders from IBM, PwC, Zions Bank to Ministers of Health have continuously praised CLU as "one of the most comprehensive” sites for COVID-19 data.
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Download my 2022 résumé, here.
I started CLU when I was a senior in high school/age 17. Currently, I am second-year college student from Salt Lake City, Utah, majoring in Data Science — dedicating my life to exploring and researching the processes and scientific mechanisms underlying the world we live in. I am an aspiring data scientist passionate about computational epidemiology, data visualization, and web/app creation. I have strong technical skills and academic credentials in data science, statistics, and public health. My passion lies in solving business problems with tailored data and algorithms and communicating complex ideas to non-technical stakeholders. I can jump across verticals to deliver high-performing AI solutions. In my professional career, I have taken on various leadership roles, from guiding seven AI developers at a financial technology startup, rebranding a tourism and hospitality company, and constructing the technology architecture for a climate-centric startup. I enjoy delving into new fields of research and following the results of my experiments into the uncharted scientific territory.
In late Dec 2019, I began to hear about a contagious disease spreading in Wuhan China, now known as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Colloquially known as simply the coronavirus. By January '20, I began to see websites tracking the spread of COVID-19.
I was eager to learn how to build my dashboard. With a simple Google search, “how to build a coronavirus map” I was led to numerous web-pages that provided tutorials on employing languages like python and java to build real-time dashboards. At the time, I had limited programming knowledge, but I was eager to learn those skills. I turned to Coursera, edX, Educative, and various massive open online course providers to learn these skills. In my free time, I began learning how to program. 103 online certificates later, I learned skills needed to build dashboards of my own that track the spread of COVID-19. In my spare time — as my school went virtual — I began collecting and compiling COVID-19 data to create my dashboards.
Over the last year and a half, my website has grown both in visitors and by the amount of data that I display. My website now displays over 687+ pages of COVID-19 related information and data. My website has been an international success with views from all corners of the world, from areas such as Nerima, Japan to Brisbane, Australia to Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel. I started this website, intending to provide reliable and accessible data through a minimalist website.
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