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Saving Zoë: Worldline self-monitoring can better limit the spread of diseases

Levy, Jeremy and Levy, Akash (2020) Saving Zoë: Worldline self-monitoring can better limit the spread of diseases. Working Paper. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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The emergence of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has sparked intense interest in the use of mobile phone technology to aid in contact tracing. We demonstrate, using a simple model of infectious transmission, that voluntary offering of a richer dataset—worldline information—can reveal transmission paths that are missed through contact tracing alone. This information can be captured securely by a mobile device and kept confidential, thus allowing individuals to weigh their personal privacy concerns against the benefits to society, and make their own decisions. Worldline self-monitoring has other benefits for the adopter that are unrelated to health concerns, which could aid in widespread adoption. Because each worldline contributes to a more comprehensive model of objective reality, independent platforms can contribute information without coordination, similar to the way that scientific knowledge is constructed.


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Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Levy, Jeremyjlevy@pitt.edujlevy0000-0002-5700-2977
Monograph Type: Working Paper
Date: 18 May 2020
Date Type: Submission
Number of Pages: 10
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Department: Physics and Astronomy
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Physics
Refereed: No
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2020 13:43
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2020 13:43

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