Apple, Google Partner To End COVID-19

Apple and Google have partnered in order to end COVID-19 pandemic. This would be done by tracking it via mobile application

The companies are collaborating to take technology to the next level to solve all global problems.

They intend to add technology onto iPhone and Android devices which will notify a user if they’ve come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

According to Bloomberg reports the contract-tracing is designed to hinder the spread of COVID-19.

This is done by simply informing users if they should quarantine after coming in contact with an infected COVID-19 patient or not.

The tech company said they would install the technology into an iOS and Android operating systems by mid-May, which would send anonymous data to public health authorities instantly.

Users must opt-in to the program.

If a user tests positive for COIVD-19, it adds that data to their public health app, and users who come in close proximity to that person will be notified of their contact.

Users Privacy

Apple and Google noted that the system preserves the user’s privacy, as consent is required and location data is not collected.

The system will not say specifically who a person came in contact with, or where it happened.

How It works

Bloomberg further explains how , take for instance;

“Two people meet to chat for a few minutes, and in the background via Bluetooth their smartphones exchange anonymous identifiers to register that they have been in contact.

These digital keys change every 15 minutes or so and remain on these people’s devices to preserve privacy.”

If one of those users is diagnosed with COVID-19, the person enters the results on an health app on their phone, which then sends a record of all the other mobile devices that have been in close proximity for the past few days.

“All of us at Apple and Google believe there has never been a more important moment to work together to solve one of the world’s most pressing problems,” the companies said in accordance.

This would be a welcomed development to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic which is ravaging the world.

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