Queensland university: Virtual Coronavirus that transmits between phones developed to mimic COVID spread

Virtual Coronavirus that transmits between phones developed to mimic COVID spread

The year 2020 was the most difficult year for humanity. For more than a year we all are at war with coronavirus. As the days passed we came to know about various strains of a single coronavirus. Meanwhile, Some researchers have predicted that the COVID virus is Man-made. At this point, researchers from all over the world are busy with the studies of COVID-19. A group of researchers has developed a virtual virus. This virus can be transmitted between phones via Bluetooth. surprisingly It responds to social-distancing directives just like the actual COVID virus. 

What is the ‘Safe Blues’ virtual virus?

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Queensland, the University of Melbourne togetherly have developed this  ‘virtual virus’. Which can transmit between phones to mimic the spread of COVID-19. Researchers named it ‘Safe Blues’. These virus-like virtual tokens circulate and replicate between mobile devices by using Bluetooth. They are designed to respond to the social-distancing directives as actual viruses do.

So how does the virtual virus work?

The ‘Patterns Journal’ has published this research paper. According to the studies, virtual strands vary in their viral properties.  Such as incubation times and infectiousness levels. This virtual virus remains active for a limited duration on each ‘infected’ phone. During this period,  if the infected device is in close proximity to another phone, possibly the strand can enter the neighboring device. If we put the infected phone in isolation just like the actual COVID patient, the strand will not spread.

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This Bluetooth-transmitting virus could potentially help to assess the transmission of COVID-19 more accurately and effectively.  Unlike biological epidemics, the number of devices infected by each strand can be measured in real-time, as depicted in the research paper. 

What is the use of the Safe Blues virtual virus?

According to the Researchers, this virtual virus is a solution for real-time population-level estimates of an epidemic’s response to government directives and near-future projections.

The researchers have developed an Android app. They are planning to do a campus experiment to test the program’s protocols and techniques. The technology can be used to train sophisticated machine learning models in estimating current and future SARS-CoV-2 infection numbers.

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