In April, Google and Apple announced a rarely seen partnership– both technology conglomerates decided to join forces and produce the technology needed by developers to launch accurate contact tracing mobile applications. The goal for the two companies is to give developers the tools needed to create a smartphone and web applications that would allow health authorities to quickly implement a core disease control measure used for decades known as contact tracing.
The procedure consists of finding out groups of people who might have come across a sick person, essentially identifying people who might be infected as well as provide further information about the very same contacts. By tracing the people who might’ve been exposed, authorities hope that they would be able to test and treat people with Covid-19 and have a positive impact on decreasing the spread of the virus. Apple and Google are uniquely positioned to provide such information as currently, approximately 96% of the people living in the USA own a cellular device of any kind, and more than 80% of them are smartphone users.