Coronavirus App Tracker

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A mobile app for the Coronavirus? Yep, it’s real.

China has developed a mobile app that is designed to inform people if they have come into contact with the coronavirus and could be at risk for contracting it.

The “close contact detector,” launched Saturday evening, has users scan a QR code and submit their name, phone number and ID number to find out if they’ve come into close contact with someone infected with the virus while traveling on planes, trains or buses, according to a Chinese state report.

At risk individuals are advised to stay home and get in touch with local health authorities, state news agency Xinhua reported.

While we aren’t quite sure how the app works yet, it did receive support from Chinese government agencies such as the National Health Commission “to ensure accurate, reliable and authoritative data.”

One way the app can be so effective is because of China’s vast surveillance system. ID cards are required to travel by train and long distance on buses. The tracking of human and in this case a virus is a reality.

The coronavirus has globally infected more than 40,000 people, with over 1,000 cases resulting in death. Most of the infections are in China, which reported a rise in new cases Monday.

China’s National Health Commission determines close contact “as being near someone who is suspected of being infected or who has been confirmed as infected without adequate protection.”

That translates into family or roommates residing in the same house, co-workers in the same office or classmates in the same classroom or medical staff who’ve been in contact with infected patients.

On a plane, passengers in the same row as an infected person as well as three rows in front and behind that person would be considered in close contact, Xinhua reported. In a fully enclosed air-conditioned train, all the passengers and crew members in the same compartment would be considered in close contact, Xinhua reported.

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Source: USA Today

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