STATEWIDE – A Medway native, with a little help from his brother, has come up with a way for people to find the supplies they need at local stores before leaving home.
It’s a new crowd-sourcing website — Quarantin.io — designed to help shoppers find the supplies they need and reduce exposing themselves unnecessarily to the coronavirus.
“It gives people an opportunity to look ahead at the stores that they try go to and get an idea if the products they need might be there so they don’t have to hop from store to store,” said Chris Violette, a web designer from Medway who now lives in Cleveland. “They don’t need to go to several different locations and potentially expose themselves to some additional risks.”
The governor and CDC are recommending people stay home.
“If you don’t have to go to three stores to find one item you’re succeeding in getting your item and keeping yourself limited exposure to others,” said Trevor Violette, Chris’ little brother who now lives in Sacramento.
The Quarantin.io website asks shoppers to upload data about available goods such as bread, eggs, pasta, produce and, yes, even toilet paper and cleaning supplies.
Then others can check the website to see if stores nearby have the items available.
“There are other similar-style crowdsourcing apps you know like … GasBuddy the one that tells you where the best gas prices are based on some other user’s input,” said Trevor Violette. “So that’s kind of where he thought this was going to go, a similar concept because most people in the world just want to help each other.”
There is no charge to use to site and the web designer said he tried to make it easy as possible to use.
“Obviously, the more people who use this, the more useful it is going to be,” Chris Violette said.
“It’s been used in 20 states, a couple of provinces, thousands of reports, hundreds of locations have been tagged,” the web designer said. “It’s unbelievable how much it’s blown up in such a short amount of time.”