A company has developed a new tool that could tell if you've encountered someone who's been exposed to COVID-19. Developed by Shield Group Technologies, a Palm Beach County company, CombatCOVID app is aimed at helping fight the spread of the disease. All you need is a smartphone.
"One tap on the app to find out if you've been exposed to COVID-19," reads the app's page.
The free app uses Bluetooth signals to determine if someone near you has the disease, and recommends nearby testing locations.
On the website, the developers say that information received from the user is both anonymous and confidential, with no tracing or tracking involved.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, Palm Beach County has paid $875,600 to use the tool, Miami-Dade is expected to pay $775,000, and Broward Mayor Dale Holness has expressed interest.
The county spent $875k on the PBC CombatCOVID app. It has all COVID-related info for residents and it can tell you… https://t.co/iT0f33DrGB— Hannah Morse 🌅 (@Hannah Morse 🌅)1591388309.0
Cities and counties across the state are trying to find new ways to combat the transmission of the novel coronavirus within the state.
Major regions have resorted to business crackdowns and mandatory face mask ordinances to blunt the disease's impact on the Sunshine State.
Look what the mailman just delivered! @pbcgov #combatcovid https://t.co/yrbjHndxbj— Joe Capozzi (@Joe Capozzi)1595536653.0
However, it still wasn't enough as, over the weekend, Florida passed New York to become the second state in America with the most COVID-19 cases. The top slot is currently occupied by California.
Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties are two of the most hard-hit counties in Florida.
If successful, the tool could be invaluable in what's known as "contact tracing," which is used to investigate disease transmission and its point of origin.