Researchers have developed a new, non-invasive strategy to detect locations that would indicate potential areas from which Covid-19 would have a higher risk of spread. For this, they will use data from existing cellular (mobile) wireless networks. This is an achievement that can be helpful in the prevention of global epidemics.
According to other scientists, including Edwin Chong of Colorado State University in the United States, this new technology will help identify the most crowded places where the carriers of the virus are highly likely to be in close contact with many healthy people, including diseases. The symptoms are not visible. This technology will help those areas avoid scenarios where the virus has a devastating effect in densely populated areas of a country.
Scientists say that by using this strategy they hope to understand how mobile users move and gather in an area. For this they use the handover and cell (re) selection protocols. Full details of this technique are given in ‘IEEE Open Journal of Engineering in Medicine and Biology’.