Facebook shares US county heat maps tracking coronavirus symptoms

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  • Facebook teamed up with Carnegie Mellon University to survey individuals about potential coronavirus symptoms that they might be exhibiting.
  • Facebook is using this data to produce heat maps of COVID-19 symptoms on a county-by-county basis across the entirety of the United States.
  • Later this week, Facebook will expand its surveys globally to assist other countries.
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The novel coronavirus pandemic isn’t going to end until we either have a reliable treatment or an effective vaccine. In the meantime, the best way to control the spread is to test as many people as possible, use contact tracing to identify those who came into contact with the infected individuals, and make sure they all self-isolate so that they don’t infect anyone else. This is clearly easier said than done, but on Monday, Facebook introduced a valuable tool that should help governments decide where to allocate their resources based on the spread of the virus.

In recent weeks, Facebook has been prompting users to take a survey conducted by Carnegie Mellon University. The survey asks respondents about disease symptoms, and Facebook is now using this data to produce county-by-county maps showing where COVID-19 symptoms are most frequently being experienced.

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