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COVID-19 Tracking

Novel method to identify crowded regions with actively moving individuals, at risk for spreading COVID-19

Background

The global COVID-19 pandemic is easily spread by people in close proximity, especially in crowds with mobile individuals (e.g., city centers). A widely accepted strategy to mitigate its spread is social distancing, avoiding crowded areas. There is an urgent need for different mitigation strategies to slow the spread of this disease. Spreading by “silent carriers” mostly depends on how they move and gather, the two viral-spreading risk factors motivating our new mitigation strategy.

According to a recent study, SARS-CoV-2 can live in the air for up to three hours (remaining viable in aerosols), exhaled by infected people while speaking, coughing, or even breathing, whether symptomatic or not. Officials and society are particularly concerned with the scenario where contagious people

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