WHO will introduce a contact tracking application for all countries. It will help to understand at what stage the spread of the coronavirus is now and whether the authorities should tighten or soften the measures.
Many governments have already launched applications that track the symptoms and contacts of people with coronavirus. The World Health Organization (WHO) has offered its assistance to those who have not yet managed to do this. Bernardo Mariano of WHO told Reuters that their unit plans to release a symptom assessment app worldwide. They will provide any government with the opportunity to release an adaptive version of it.
The organization also plans to add contact tracking and will negotiate with Apple and Google to use their joint technology. These companies said they would introduce a decentralized system that would preserve data anonymity. However, some states have expressed concerns – they worry that companies may use the data for other purposes, in order to subsequently make a profit.
WHO noted that even a basic symptom app can be vital. It will better inform people and push them to more testing. At the same time, contact tracing can be important for restoring life after quarantine – the application will help you understand at what stage the spread of the coronavirus is now and whether the authorities should tighten or mitigating measures.
Earlier, Apple and Google introduced a joint technology for tracking contacts via Bluetooth short-range. Devices exchange special signals. At least once a day, a smartphone or tablet will download from the server information about the “beacons” of devices whose owners have received a positive coronavirus test, and compare it with their list of signals.