Due to the high spread of coronavirus in humans across different countries, large companies like Facebook and Apple are helping WHO and people to fight against the coronavirus. Facebook is providing researchers with the data to help them to figure out if people are staying home and maintaining social distance to be safe from coronavirus.
Facebook releases data that could help forecast the spread of coronavirus by making reports regarding the social distancing of the people and forecast where COVID-19 will likely spread next. Facebook uses its network to collect the report from nearly 2.5 billion monthly active users around the world. As this virus spreads through close contact of the people with another infected person so the Facebook location service is very useful to get that information on how people are maintaining the social distance.
Some users have argued of giving its privacy scandals by such the world largest social network company and protest against it. But Facebook has also stated that the data doesn't identify individual users and provide the aggregate information at a city or country level.
On Monday, Facebook revealed three new types of disease prevention maps as part of its Data for Good program. One map shows the probability that people in one area will come in contact with people in another. Another map shows if people in certain regions are staying home, helping researchers figure out if social distancing mandates are working or not and the third map shows friendships across states and countries, information that could also help track the possible spread of COVID-19.
Facebook is also teaming up with Carnegie Mellon University Delphi Research Center, which is conducting a 3- to 5-minute survey that asks people to report their symptoms and locations to help track the spread of COVID-19. Some Facebook users will also see a link to this survey at the top of their News Feed. Facebook only shares this confidential reports to the trusted organizations like Harvard University's School of Public Health and National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan to help them forecast the spread of the coronavirus and to win the human battle against this illness.
For more information about COVID-19, Visit https://www.who.int/
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