How smartphone apps could save lives (and the economy)

By enabling daily self-diagnosis, contact tracing and research, smartphone apps could be the key to quickly beating the coronavirus -- but there's one problem.

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The economy headed for recession. Companies are going out of business. Employees are being laid off. Social activities have ended. Everyone is hiding and waiting in their homes. All because of the coronavirus, right?

Wrong.

The reason all this is happening is because of ignorance.

Specifically, we don't know who's got COVID-19 and who does not have it. Because we don't know, everybody has to stay indoors, wear a mask when outside, avoid going to work and even avoid buying food at the store. Because people can transmit the disease even when they have no noticeable symptoms, it's impossible to know who's infectious and who isn't.

The overwhelming majority of people do not have COVID-19, but have to self-quarantine as if they do. Because we don't know.

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