Now, as more people resume interstate travel, the danger of disparate apps will become increasingly and dangerously clear, said Paul Jarris, chief medical officer at MITRE, a not-for-profit that manages federal research centers, and former executive director for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

“Two people sit next to each other on an airplane for six hours. … When they go off to their different states, [the disease] has just jumped states and we’ll have no way of knowing that,” said Jarris.

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