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Researchers at MIT were able to draw a direct correlation between quarantine measures and a reduction in the effective reproduction number of the virus.
Contact tracing apps use smartphones’ GPS and Bluetooth functions to collect and share data about where users have been and with whom they’ve come in contact.
Pooling data from the digital records systems in thousands of hospitals has proved a technical nightmare, largely because software built by rival technology firms often cannot retrieve and share information to help doctors judge which coronavirus treatments are helping patients recover.
To supplement the thousands of frontline public health workers required for contact tracing, some governments are considering an smartphone-based approach.
With no national plan and scant federal dollars on the horizon, states are funding their own contact-tracing initiatives for what experts predict will be a massive undertaking lasting 18 months to two years, until a vaccine is developed.
Democratic lawmakers want the next stimulus package to provide state and local governments with as much as $700 billion in block aid grants and increased funding for Medicaid to help them retain workers and avoid layoffs.
Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have built a text-mining tool that uses natural language processing to not only scan and search research papers on COVID-19 but also help identify connections that may not be readily apparent.
While most states made county- and ZIP code-level information available soon after they began reporting cases, some have hesitated to localize data further because of privacy concerns.
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