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SARS-CoV-2 Tracker

Léo Ramos Chaves

In just two days, a group of Brazilian researchers designed and developed a cell phone application capable of reading the result (positive or negative) of a COVID-19 rapid test, identifying where the case occurred, and informing the local health agency, as well as generating georeferencing data for case tracking. The application was created by a team led by pharmacologist Ives Charlie-Silva, a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (ICB) of the University of São Paulo (USP), as part of the COVID-19 Global Virtual Hackathon, an international challenge held from April 10 to 12, organized by the government of Azerbaijan and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Although it was designed for COVID-19, the app, which still needs a few finishing touches, could be used with any chromatographic test.