Sunday, April 12, 2020

Cellphone app will now alert if someone within close vicinity of Covid-19 affected person

In order to stay away from a potential Covid-19 carrier, apps are being developed  that would warn if one is close to a affected person.

Apps to use Bluetooth signals to track phones the user comes into contact with and  now people will be alerted if they may have been exposed to someone with Covid-19. However, the app will only work if a person using the app who has been tested positive for Covid-19 and has uploaded his data to a public database. If there's a match, the person will receive a message indicating when and where they might have been exposed, along with guidance as to whether they should just watch for symptoms, seek testing, or self-quarantine.

Apple and Google are joining forces to develop technology where smartphones can warn users that they may potentially be exposed to coronavirus. 

However, the implementation has raised concerns over potential beaches of privacy, though the tech giants insist that the data will be anonymous and that 'privacy, transparency and consent are of utmost importance'. There's also the likelihood of a high number of false positives due to the imprecise nature of Bluetooth itself.

Watch an interactive video on Smartphone-Assisted, Privacy-Preserving Covid-19 Contact Tracing:
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