University of California students and staff are working to contain the coronavirus pandemic with their smartphones.
The California Department of Public Health, Department of Technology and UC are pilot-testing technology that uses smartphones to identify and notify users of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. UC Riverside and UCLA are among the campuses in the trial.
“When someone tests positive, it allows your phone to notify, anonymously, all of those people who have been in prolonged contact with you,” said Dr. Andres Gonzalez, the chief medical officer at UC Riverside. “It will urge them to get tested, to seek medical attention or quarantine.”