COVID-19 Tech Updates

The U.S. Government has been collaborating with Facebook and Google, among other tech companies, to combat the spread of COVID-19 by tracking location data via cell phone usage and social media. These insights are intended to help officials, scientists, and researchers understand the spread and transmission of COVID-19, and which findings will eventually be presented to the White House.

However, many American’s are uncomfortable with this, as it’s an invasion of their privacy and their data. Fortunately, the U.S. government is brainstorming other ways in which they can understand the transmission of COVID-19. Other tech giants such as Apple have been working on issues related to telehealth and distance learning, and stress that they are not taking user location and data.

The Trump administration has announced that big tech company, Google, will soon be creating a website to inform citizens on how and where to get tested for COVID-19. More recently, White House leaders confirmed an online portal holding 29,000 research papers on coronavirus, which will be reviewed by artificial-intelligence quickly, to deliver information en masse.

This collaboration between the White House and tech companies reflects the need for help, answers and the state of coronavirus. Urgency is an understatement when discussing the need for medical care, the steep drop in stocks, students schooling from home, and lost business. For now, we must socially distance, wash our hands, and pay attention to how we’re feeling.