Teen who built popular coronavirus tracking website has COVID-19 and calls it ‘pretty terrible’

a person standing posing for the camera: Avi Schiffmann. (Instagram Photo via @avischiffmann)

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Avi Schiffmann. (Instagram Photo via @avischiffmann)

Avi Schiffmann, the Seattle-area teen who built a website to track the early and ongoing spread of coronavirus, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Schiffmann, 18, tweeted about his diagnosis on Monday evening and in an email to GeekWire said that he feels “quite bad.” He tested positive on Thursday and is quarantining at his family’s cabin along with his mother, a doctor who has also tested positive, according to Schiffmann.

“I had a bad headache and a sore throat, but it’s since progressed into a bad cough, shortness of breath (like it’s actually pretty hard to breath with a mask on) and somewhat feels like my lungs are on fire,” Schiffmann said. “Overall it’s pretty terrible. Hopefully it will give a message to other people my age who think we are all invincible. Because I really thought that, too.”



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MERCER ISLAND, Wash. — A Mercer Island High School student who became globally-known after creating a website to track coronavirus data is now suffering from the virus himself. 

Avi Schiffmann is now hoping his experience will send a message to his peers, who he said may not be taking the warnings seriously. 

Back In March, Schiffmann started getting worldwide attention, even if people didn’t know his actual name. 

At that time, he told KING 5, “I thought it was sort of cool to create a website that was a central hub of information,” when explaining why he created his website. 

His open-source website featuring COVID-19 case data was getting millions of hits from all over the world.

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3M is an American manufacturing company based in Minnesota.


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