Do you know COVID-19 contact tracing apps are coming to your phone soon? Well, on July 31, 2020, Google said that together with Apple, it has started working on COVID-19 contact tracing technology using the exposure notification tools. The arrival of the API means that public health agencies can now start rolling out their own contact tracing apps to the users.
Ever since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), governments and health authorities throughout the world are working together for finding solutions to the pandemic, for protecting people and getting society back to normal life. In this spirit, Apple and Google have announced a joint effort for enabling the use of Bluetooth technology to assist both governments and health bodies to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and save lives.
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In the recent announcement, Google has said that public authorities have already used the Exposure Notifications System (ENS), to create apps in almost 16 countries across Asia, Africa, North America, South America, and Europe. Using the above co-developed tools, public health authorities can create their own contact tracing apps for monitoring and mitigating the spread of the novel coronavirus. According to Google, the initial rollout of the apps is expected to reach around 45% of the United States population.
The tools built by Google and Apple work using Bluetooth signals on Android and iPhone devices for detecting smartphone users in close proximity and prolonged contact with other people. With contact tracing technology, public health authorities can notify individuals who have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for coronavirus.
Ever since the release of the contact-tracing toolkit in May, they have been updating the tools depending on the feedback from public health authorities, including the privacy issues that these tracing apps bring.
Google and Apple believe that there has never been a more crucial moment for everyone to work together in solving one of the most pressing problems in the world. By collaborating and co-operating with governments, health officials, and developers, the two companies hope to harness the power of technology for helping countries reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
So guys, I am very excited and really looking forward to see the ‘coronavirus contact tracing apps’ , rolling out in the market which will be helpful in tracking coronavirus positive people and notifying other people who came in close contact with covid-19 infected people.
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