Study Suggests How to Contain Coronavirus Spread and Avoid Lockdowns By Widespread Use of Mobile App Contact Tracing
April 24, 2020 | Biotechnology
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A team of medical researchers and bioethicists at Oxford University has outlined the feasibility of using digital contact tracing via mobile phone apps as a way of quickly alerting people who have been in contact with newly diagnosed coronavirus patients to self isolate. The researchers say that if widely used, such apps could help to significantly slow the rate of coronavirus spread, and reduce transmission when lockdowns are lifted and restrictions are gradually eased. Their results are being used by NHSX, a joint unit comprising teams from NHS England and the U.K.’s Department of Health & Social Care, and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI), to assess the potential to develop mobile apps as a strategy for instant contact tracing. Apps with similar aims have already been deployed in China, the Oxford team noted, where they weren’t compulsory, but were required for people who needed to move around in public places.
“The mobile app concept we’ve mathematically modeled is simple and doesn’t need to track your location,” explained David Bonsall, PhD, senior res... You can find the entire article in the Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (GEN) Blog.
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