How Apple and Google coronavirus contact tracing will work
What is contact tracing?
Contact tracing is just what it sounds like: It tracks who you've been in contact with -- physically close enough -- to have potentially caught the virus. While we haven't used this technique much in the US, it's been a key way that South Korea and Singapore have managed the COVID-19 pandemic better than most countries.
Now, Apple and Google are bringing coronavirus contact tracing to the US via our iPhones and Android smartphones. Specifically, starting in May, Apple and Google will launch APIs and operating system-level technology. This will enable contact tracing applications, which can work between Android and iOS devices.
Posted on April 17, 2020