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Our Phones Will Soon Be Able To Tell Us If We Are Close To Someone With Coronavirus

This is either the COOLEST thing ever, or it’s “Big Brother” being able to track you even more. I guess it’s how you look at it. Ha!

Something I never thought I’d see happen: Apple and Android are teaming up to try to help flatten the curve on this whole crazy situation we are in.

They are working on an app — that would work on either Apple or Android phones — that would alert you when you come close to, or in contact with someone who has been exposed to COVID-19.

Are we not calling it the coronavirus anymore?

This would be a completely voluntary system — meaning you would have to sign up to be tracked.

The technology, known as contact-tracing, is designed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus by telling users they should quarantine or isolate themselves after contact with an infected individual.

Bloomberg

The two rival companies are planning on adding this to their phone systems in MAY, and it would be “run by public health authorities.”

Not only that, they have a next step to this phone alert system.

In the coming months, both companies will add the technology directly into their operating systems so this contact-tracing software works without having to download an app. Users must opt in, but this approach means many more people can be included. Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android have about 3 billion users between them, over a third of the world’s population.

Bloomberg

So, my phone could tell me if I need to be quarantined. How cool is that?!?