The University of Washington is developing a contact tracing application

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ST. LOUIS – A new contact tracing application already in use in Saint-Louis will soon allow you to be notified within minutes of being exposed to someone with COVID.

The University of Washington developed it and says hundreds of people have already signed up last week. Soon the big employers in St. Louis and Missouri are expected to join us.

Right now, it takes days to properly trace contacts after someone has tested positive for COVID-19. The University of Washington has partnered with Google to develop the app called MO / Notify.

When a person gets a positive test result, they can press a button on their phone and people who were their close contacts for the past 14 days will be immediately notified that they may need a test or that they may need a test. they might need to isolate themselves.

The user activates exposure notifications on their smartphone. When they are with someone else with the app, the system records random codes and stores them for 14 days.

The codes identify everyone they have encountered. A total of 25 states are already using similar apps.

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