Keeping track of Covid

In the midst of the global pandemic, Jeremy Philemon is helping India keep track of COVID-19 infection rates. Philemon is a 2+2 computer science student splitting his education between the Vellore Institute of Technology in India and Binghamton University’s Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science.

He’s applied his skills in the creation and updating of, a website that aggregates data from every district in the country of 1.35 billion people.

It has received more than 1.75 billion page visits since early March. At present, there are a lot of people who can potentially work on this data and use it responsibly to understand patterns and draft new policies that could avert/reduce more spread.

From an archival point of view, since we’ve documented the spread from the very start with so much detail, this could also be useful in looking back and re-evaluating our approach and strategies in the future after the pandemic has passed.

I request you and the editorial board to kindly assign a journalist to further pursue this story in detail. This will spread awareness in the minds of the citizens of our nation towards the financial and social issues faced by the underprivileged and encourage them to play an active role towards contributing in such efforts by putting in their resources, time and energy for a cause.

Moreover, the increased attention upon this campaign will allow the foundation to gather more funds to make a greater impact. I am certain that the campaigning for this projects’ funds will gain traction from all people sensitive towards the consequences such as hunger and lack of facilities faced by the underprivileged due to the pandemic.

People who are concerned and looking for opportunities to contribute towards a meaningful cause in this difficult time will also willingly support.