HealthDay Reports: Smartphone Apps Might Track, Slow Spread of COVID-19
British researchers are looking into how effective something like an app on your cell phone could be at helping to stop the spread of coronavirus and tracking who's infected and who may have been exposed to someone with the virus.
THURSDAY, April 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Your smartphone could help stem the spread of coronavirus, British researchers claim.
How? Their proposal for an app would record other app users who had recently been in close proximity. If a user became infected, he or she would update their status on their smartphone app, which would instantly and anonymously contact those app users who had been near the infected person.
"This app is a fantastic opportunity for all citizens to contribute towards controlling the epidemic, protecting their families, and avoiding a resurgence of COVID-19 in their own communities," said team co-leader Dr. David Bonsall. He is a senior researcher at Oxford University's Nuffield Department of Medicine.