How Do Coronavirus Tests Work?

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Halting COVID-19: The Benefits and Risks of Digital Contact Tracing

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Big Data Helps Taiwan Fight Coronavirus

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Software and Genetic Sequencing Track the Coronavirus’s Path

As the deadly new coronavirus permeates the planet, scientists are using genetic sequencing and an open-source software tool to track its transmission.  The software tool, called Nextstrain, can’t predict where the virus is going next. But it can tell us where new cases of the virus are coming from. That’s crucial information for health officials globally, who are trying … Continue reading Software and Genetic Sequencing Track the Coronavirus’s Path

How Computer Scientists Are Trying to Predict the Coronavirus’ Next Moves

  Image: EpiRisk Computer scientists tracking the deadly coronavirus epidemic have been working diligently to predict the virus’ next moves. The novel virus, which causes a respiratory illness dubbed COVID-19, has taken the lives of more than 2,100 people. It first emerged in December in the Chinese city of Wuhan, and has since infected more than 75,000 … Continue reading How Computer Scientists Are Trying to Predict the Coronavirus’ Next Moves