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COVID Nearby website to launch June 1

Aims to track incidence and spread of COVID-19

Prof. Jaideep Vaidya (RBS) and his team have developed a public-facing, web-based data platform, COVID Nearby, to identify and track the spread of COVID-19. The app relies on crowdsensing and advanced mathematical methodology to allow secure self-reporting and tracking of COVID-19 cases while maintaining the highest possible level of privacy protection. People can securely and privately report their location and health symptoms, and use the interactive map to see the spread of COVID-19 in a community. The public release of COVID Nearby is June 1, and is available for preview at

COVID Nearby was developed by the Rutgers Institute of Data Science, Learning, and Applications with support from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. The team includes scientists from Rutgers Business School, the Rutgers School of Public Health, and the Rutgers School of Communication and Information, who have contributed their expertise in epidemiology, behavioral analysis, and data privacy.


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