A mathematical framework could help safely ease social distancing

6 May 2020
“Armed with mathematics, statistics, programming skills, and a general desire for fighting the virus, we started to think about where we could be useful,” Associate Professor Nazarathy said.

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.

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