Can your phone detect an outbreak?

April 7, 2020

Can your phone detect an outbreak?

Your smartphone collects a lot of data throughout the day, and researchers believe it could have the power to detect an outbreak before it happens. Patricia Areán, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine, started this three-year study, first to track flu outbreak. They've now adjusted the app to also track COVID-19, with the hope of predicting outbreaks like this before it becomes a pandemic.

The study is looking to enroll 25,000 participants from across the country. 

See all COVID-19-related b-roll from UW Medicine.


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