TECH BYTE: Tech to Fight COVID-19


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — COVID-19 isn’t going away anytime soon, and people are worried they might come into contact with someone who’s infected.

Technology can give you some relief.

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Tech giants Apple and Google are teaming up to help eliminate the spread of the coronavirus.

They’re developing a new exposure tracker to work with both Android and iOS devices.

This technology will help health officials with contact tracing to contain the spread of the virus.

Apple and Google will use application programming interfaces – or APIs – to make it happen.

These APIs will work with your smartphone using apps from public health authorities.

Using your phone’s Bluetooth, the exposure tracker can notify you if you’ve been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

Apple says the new technology will not invade anyone’s privacy, and helps us work together to help solve the global pandemic.

This exposure tracker is still being developed, and will take a few months to complete.

If you want to know more about what they’re doing, you can read the announcement here:

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You can watch Emily Cassulo weeknights on News 12 Now at 6 and Prime News at 7. Emily also does stories on different tech products and issues for Tech Byte, which airs Mondays on News 12 Now. She joined the WDEF news team in September 2016 from News 12’s sister station in Columbus, Mississippi, where she worked as an anchor, producer and reporter. Emily is no stranger to the Volunteer State. Before moving to Mississippi, she worked at WBBJ-TV, covering crime and severe weather throughout West Tennessee. She loves living in Chattanooga, and exploring what the Scenic City has to offer. Emily is a Florida native, graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in broadcast journalism and minor in political science. While in college, Emily worked part-time as a reporter/web producer at News/Talk 96.5 WDBO. She broke her first news story there, which made national headlines, and covered the 2010 Central Florida congressional elections and the high-profile Casey Anthony trial. When she’s not busy reporting, Emily enjoys shopping, reading, playing the piano, and spending time with family and friends. Feel free to e-mail her at if you have any story ideas or just want to say ‘Hi.’