Coronavirus App – level 3

17-04-2020 07:00

Google and Apple are teaming up to develop software that would alert people who have come into contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

The virus-tracing platform will connect users via Bluetooth to an app that will be managed by public health officials.

If someone tests positive for COVID-19, and he opts to share that information on the app, other users will be notified if they have come in close proximity with that person. However, people can opt out if they want to keep their information private.

Many countries around the world have tried to implement this strategy, but they met privacy and connectivity obstacles. Google and Apple hope that their software will resolve these issues and that it will help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Difficult words: opt (to choose one thing or possibility rather than others), come in close proximity (to come close to someone), opt out (to choose not to participate in something), implement (to use).

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