Improving Contact Tracing Tools

November 19, 2020

Millions of Americans can use their smartphones to learn when they have been near someone infected with the novel coronavirus, alerting them to get tested and quarantine themselves. But not many people are using the exposure app, the Washington Post reports, going on to explain how residents in the dozen-plus states that offer the app can activate it. As a broader solution, an Issues online exclusive calls for creating a global nongovernmental organization to lead in developing an app-based contact tracing system that would function across borders while preserving personal privacy and industry competition.

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