SLU geospatial researchers track COVID-19 movements

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -- Geospatial--we've heard a lot about this region becoming a hub for that type of tech. Researchers at SLU are mapping data about the mass movements of people, for either marching or jet skiing, and its effect on COVID-19.

"We have these two really important and really large-scale geographical movements occuring in the middle of a pandemic," and because even if you didn't personally go to those places, your neighbors might've, SLU geospatial researchers decided to find out where these gatherers came from.

"We're identifying places of origin of where individuals went to Lake of the Ozarks on Memorial Day weekend and overlapping them with individuals who went to two protest locations the week after. These are individuals who traveled to a location where there's absolutely guaranteed to be crowds."

Associate Director of the SLU Geospatial Institute Enbal Shacham explains their app, which is awaiting approval from the app stores:

"We want to be able to say 'ok, in the morning you felt like this, in the evening you felt like this, are there changes that should be monitored? We also want to be able to track locations where individuals have been so we can report back and say,'this area may have an exposure and an increased risk of COVID."

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This presentation was during Venture Café, which continues not in Cortex but via virtual gathering.