A mathematical framework could help safely ease social distancing

7 May 2020

A new mathematical framework that mimics the spread of a virus using mobile phone technology could lead to safer and more effective easing of social distancing.

“Safe Blues” exchanges anonymous digital ‘tokens’ between phones, acting like a contagious disease spreading in the population, allowing policymakers to see how policy adjustments work in real time. 

Seven weeks ago, University of Queensland Associate Professor Yoni Nazarathy and colleagues from Cornell, MIT, and Melbourne University decided to join the battle against COVID-19.

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