With the rollout of mass vaccination programmes against coronavirus in a number of countries, many are beginning to contemplate doing everyday things again, from going to the cinema to taking a holiday or attending a concert. However, with cases still high and worries about new variants emerging, businesses and governments are increasingly likely to want proof people have had a jab and therefore pose less of a health risk.
“I think where exposure notification ran into some challenges was more of the piecemeal implementation choices, lack of federal leadership … where each state had to go it alone and so each state had to figure it out independently,” said Jenny Wanger, who leads the exposure notification initiatives for Linux Foundation Public Health, a tech-focused organization helping public health authorities around the world combat Covid-19.
Two groups of technologists said Wednesday they were combining their work to speed up the development of digital vaccine cards, so that people may eventually be able to use a smartphone app to prove they’ve gotten a Covid-19 vaccine.
The coronavirus surge is upon us, and your phone might be able to help. More than 160 million Americans have the ability to get pop-up notifications from local health authorities when they’ve personally spent time near someone who later tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Linux Foundation wants to help combat COVID-19 with free, open source apps to tell people when they’ve been exposed to the virus
The Linux Foundation has a new Public Health group that wants to use open source software to address the coronavirus crisis and future epidemics.
- Linux Foundation launched a public health unit in July to use open source software to combat the coronavirus pandemic and future epidemics.
- The foundation now has two apps: COVID Green, which is built by NearForm developers in Ireland, and COVID Shield, which is built by Shopify developers in Canada.
- Currently, contact tracing apps are not widely used, but the general manager of the initiative is optimistic that adoption will improve thanks to this tech.
Colorado is hoping to dramatically expand its coronavirus contact-tracing and notification capacity starting this weekend, with the launch of a new phone application that can alert someone if they’ve been exposed to the virus — but only if people opt into it.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is launching new mobile technology this weekend to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
The Exposure Notification System is a mobile service developed by teams at Google and Apple. CDPHE worked with local public health jurisdictions across the state to coordinate the rollout, said Sarah Tuneberg, special COVID-19 advisor for the department.
Why contact tracing technology has been slow to make an impact. Ed Butler speaks to Jenny Wanger from the Linux Foundation Public Health in the US where many states are only now rolling out contact tracing apps, months after many countries around the world. We hear from Colm Harte, technical director at NearForm, the company behind Ireland’s app, which has been downloaded by about a quarter of the population. Chan Cheow Hoe, the chief digital technology officer for the Singapore government, talks about the success of digital contact tracing in his country. And the BBC’s technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones explains why contact tracing apps are no longer being seen as the silver bullet in the fight against Covid-19.
In June, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said digital alerts weren’t something his state was working on. Now, New Jersey’s app has logged more than 105,000 downloads.
Six months after it was announced, the tech that Apple and Google built for sending Covid-19 exposure alerts to smartphones is finally gaining momentum in the United States.
New York and New Jersey both released Covid-19 alert apps this week, bringing the total to 10 states plus Guam that have published apps using technology from the Apple-Google partnership. Seventy million people, or 21% of the U.S. population, now have access to a Covid-19 app, according to a CNBC analysis using U.S. Census data.