Apple and Google partner to create contact tracing technology amidst COVID-19

Geetika Sachdev
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Take a look at how Apple and Google are partnering up to fight against COVID-19.

The Covid-19 pandemic has completely changed our lives. The novel coronavirus is a pandemic and can infect people without them even knowing. Yes, some of them don’t even show symptoms. Governments all over the world are worried and are trying their best to develop or evaluate software meant to improve the normally labor-intensive process of contact tracing. The process is quite tedious, wherein health officials have to go to

recent contacts of an infected person and ask them to self-quarantine or get tested.

This might change, because Apple Inc and Google will work together to create a contact tracing technology that can slow the spread of the coronavirus, just by allowing users to opt into a system that traces other phones they have been in proximity with.

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This technology will allow mobile devices to trade information via Bluetooth connections and will alert people when they have been in close proximity with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

According to reports, the technology will be first available in mid-May. Besides, Apple and Google also plan to build the tracking technology directly into their operating systems in the coming months, so that users do not have to download any apps on their phone.

Some people have privacy concerns, but both the companies have clarified that the technology will not track the location or identity of users, but instead will only capture data about when users' phones have been near each other.

This might just be the game-changer in the control of COVID-19. We are only waiting and watching!

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