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People Proving to Be Weakest Link for Apps Tracking COVID Exposure

People Proving to Be Weakest Link for Apps Tracking COVID Exposure

The app builders had planned for pranksters, ensuring that only people with verified COVID-19 cases could trigger an alert. They’d planned for heavy criticism about privacy, in many cases making the features as bare-bones as possible. But, as more states roll out smartphone contact-tracing technology, other challenges are emerging. Namely, human nature.The problem starts with downloads. calls it the “chicken-and-egg” issue: The system works only if a lot of people buy into it, but people will buy into it only if they know it works.“Accuracy of the system ends up increasing trust, but it is...

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The Best COVID Warning System? Poop and Pooled Spit, Says One Colorado School

The Best COVID Warning System? Poop and Pooled Spit, Says One Colorado School

This story also ran on .’s mornings now often start at 4 a.m., scanning the contents of undergraduates’ feces. Specifically, scanning the data on how much coronavirus they flushed into the shadows, destined to be extracted from 17 manholes connected to dorm buildings on Colorado State University’s Fort Collins campus.“There are quite extensive numbers of poop jokes,” said Wilusz, a CSU molecular biologist.Emerging research infected people start shedding the coronavirus in their poop early in their infection, and possibly they begin shedding it from their mouths and noses. “It means that we...

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