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Why there’s so much fuss about contact tracing apps — and what we know so far

First, it was stopping the disease from spreading, then it was testing and PPE, and then ventilators for patients. The next major hurdle in our fight against the pandemic might be something of a very different nature, but just as challenging: contact tracing apps.

Why it matters

We all want our lives to get back to normal — or some version of normal, because let’s face it, things aren’t getting normal anytime soon. Contact-tracing apps are a way to help us get one step closer to whichever version of normal we’ll have for the next few months.

The basic principle is simple: you have a way of tracking who is in close proximity to who, and if someone tests positive for the disease, you know who is most likely to be infected. If you act quickly, you can sever the chain of infection early on and stop the disease from spreading.

Why contact tracing apps

Humans are pretty good at contact tracing — and manual contact tracing is still considered the gold standard for contact tracing. But humans are slow. A tracer’s job is much like that of a journalist chasing a lengthy story, calling people and retracing steps until all the puzzle pieces fit into place.

If you want to scale the process for an entire state or country, it’s almost impossible to do it all manually. Contact-tracing apps are imperfect in several ways, but they’re fast and can provide very useful information to nip infection hotspots in the bud.

Apps + humans

The best approach seems to be to use contact tracing apps in conjunction with manual contact tracing, complementing the benefits of the two approaches — but it won’t be easy.

US states plan to hire more than 36,000 contact tracing staffers in the short-term, but a Johns Hopkins analysis estimates the number needed exceeds 100,000. It remains to be seen just how many contact tracers will be needed, but human work will definitely be needed in the equation.

Technical limitations

The basic idea in these tracing apps is that they send out a Bluetooth signal picked up by other devices. Then, when someone is diagnosed with COVID-19, people who have been in touch with that person get a notification, log their symptoms, and get prioritized for testing.

The problem is that Bluetooth signal in newer devices goes far beyond the recommended 2 meters, and can even go through some walls. So there may be a lot of “false positive” alerts, and it’s hard to say just how effective these apps will turn out to be.

Privacy concerns

However, the biggest concerns regarding contact tracing are about privacy. These apps need to be installed voluntarily, and users need to consent to sharing their data. Which begs the question: will sufficient users do this to make a difference?

There are some important distinctions between different types of contact tracing apps: will they store the data remotely, where it can be accessed by authorities? Apple and Google want everything to be anonymized, but some governments have expressed their wish to store information on a 3rd party server where it can be accessed. Another point of contention is whether they will trace users’ GPS locations, which allows better geographic detection of infection hotspots at the potential expense of privacy.

No replacement for testing and social distancing

Contact tracing apps on their own won’t save us. They might help us understand how infections are spread, but they can only work if they are complemented by mass testing and social distancing measures — otherwise, it’s all in vain.

What we are seeing now is the first of probably several waves of infection. Contact tracing apps can help us make a dent in the next wave(s), but only if they are complemented by other measures.

What we can expect

A contact tracing app requires a majority of people in a geographic area to adopt it for it to be effective. If this happens, then we might have an important ally against COVID-19.

But it’s important to ensure that we don’t give away our privacy and pave the way for authoritarian leaders to enforce mass surveillance. This is a slippery slope and we are already seeing a preview of this. Digital tracing apps must guarantee user privacy if they are to succeed.

Coronavirus in Philippines — live updates, cases, and news

Coronavirus cases and fatalities in Philippines

The number is based on confirmed diagnostic tests. It is very likely that the true number of COVID-19 cases is higher as many cases are asymptomatic.

New COVID-19 cases and fatalities per day in Philippines

This is a good indicator of “flattening the curve” — when there is a steady decreasing trend, it is an indicator that the spread of the disease is slowing down.

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What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease which has now spread to the United States.

It is mild for most people, but can cause severe illness and result in death for some. Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, have the greatest risk of becoming severely ill.

There is no vaccine and no medications approved to treat COVID-19 at this time.

How does it spread? 

COVID-19 spreads from person to person, mainly through coughs and sneezes of infected people or between people who are in close contact.

Symptoms

If you suspect you are infected with COVID-19, call ahead before visiting a medical facility so they can prepare. Do not go to an emergency room with mild symptoms.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

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Coronavirus in Philippines Timeline:

The Philippines was one of the first countries outside of China to suffer an outbreak. The first confirmed case was reported on January 30. Surprisingly, a 5-year-old boy was also one of the first confirmed cases.

After a month of reporting no new cases, on March 6, the DOH announced two cases consisting of two Filipinos, and thus began the second wave of infections.

Cases involving foreigners emerged in early March 2020, and despite several measures which included travel bans, the disease started to spread in the country.

President Duterte declared “Code Red Sub-Level 2” on March 12, issuing a partial lockdown on Metro Manila, where most cases were reported. The entire of Luzon was placed under an “enhanced community quarantine” — or a total lockdown. Less than a week later, on March 17, Duterte declared the Philippines under a state of calamity for a tentative period of six months.

The Philippines has opened new facilities to conduct confirmatory testing: the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City, Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center in Benguet, and San Lazaro Hospital in Manila began conducting tests.

In April 7, President Duterte extended the Luzon enhanced community quarantine until April 30. As of April 17, the Philippines is successful in flattening the curve, reducing the viral disease’ reproduction number to 0.65 from 1.5, which means that the average number of people a person can infect decreased from more than one to less than one.

The government has announced a PHP 27.1 billion fiscal package (about 0.15 percent of 2019 GDP), which comprises the following measures: additional purchase of COVID 19 testing kits and health equipment; social protection for vulnerable workers; and support to the tourism and agriculture sectors.

Coronavirus in France — live updates, cases, and news

Coronavirus cases and fatalities in France

The number is based on confirmed diagnostic tests. It is very likely that the true number of COVID-19 cases is higher as many cases are asymptomatic.

New COVID-19 cases and fatalities per day in France

This is a good indicator of “flattening the curve” — when there is a steady decreasing trend, it is an indicator that the spread of the disease is slowing down.

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WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS COVID-19?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that causes illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases.

It is zoonotic, meaning that it was transmitted from animal to human. It is now sure that the disease can be transmitted from human to human.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE VIRUS?

The virus does not spread on its own. People who have the virus are the ones who spread it. Therefore, the following measures can help you protect yourself (and others) from the virus:

  • Wash your hands very often;
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve or with a tissue when you cough or sneeze;
  • Use single-use tissues, and then throw them away;
  • Do not shake hands or greet people with kisses on the cheek;
  • Avoid gatherings, reduce travel and contacts.

What should you do if you are feeling ill?
If, while you are in France, you have signs of a respiratory infection (a fever or feverish feeling, a cough), stay at home and call a doctor. If the symptoms get worse, dial 15 or call or send a text to 114 if you have a speech or hearing impairment.

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Coronavirus in New Zealand — live updates, cases, and news

Coronavirus cases in the Netherlands

The number is based on confirmed diagnostic tests. It is very likely that the true number of COVID-19 cases is higher as many cases are asymptomatic.

New COVID-19 cases per day

This is a good indicator of “flattening the curve” — when there is a steady decreasing trend, it is an indicator that the spread of the disease is slowing down.

If you’d like to use these graphs and maps on your site or articles, please e-mail us.

What you need to know about COVID-19 in New Zealand

Self-isolation

Everyone should stay at home. This is the best thing we can all do to stop the spread of COVID-19. This will save lives.

Essential businesses

Entities and their workers carrying out the following services are considered essential. Find out more.

Financial support

Find out what financial support you could be eligible for.

Be kind

Make a difference by supporting friends, neighbours and whānau, especially the elderly and vulnerable.

Stay home

Everyone should stay at home. This is the best thing we can all do to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Wash your hands

Wash often. Use soap. 20 seconds. Then dry. This kills the virus by bursting its protective bubble.

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Coronavirus in India — live updates, cases, and news

Coronavirus cases and fatalities in India

The number is based on confirmed diagnostic tests. It is very likely that the true number of COVID-19 cases is higher as many cases are asymptomatic.

New COVID-19 cases and fatalities per day in India

This is a good indicator of “flattening the curve” — when there is a steady decreasing trend, it is an indicator that the spread of the disease is slowing down.

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What is COVID-19

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus.

This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing.

Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

Coronavirus in India News:

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Coronavirus in the Netherlands — live updates, cases, and news

Coronavirus cases and fatalities in the Netherlands

The number is based on confirmed diagnostic tests. It is very likely that the true number of COVID-19 cases is higher as many cases are asymptomatic.

New COVID-19 cases and fatalities per day

This is a good indicator of “flattening the curve” — when there is a steady decreasing trend, it is an indicator that the spread of the disease is slowing down.

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Stop the spread of the coronavirus

Go outside only when necessary. For example, for shopping, or for a breath of fresh air. If possible, avoid going out with more than 3 people. 

Work at home if possible. Keep 1.5 meters away from others (2 arm lengths). Also on the street, in the supermarket, and in the park, keep the same distance. 

Wash your hands with soap and water several times a day. Avoid touching your hand with unwashed hands.

Ensure good hygiene measures:
Wash your hands
20 seconds with soap and water, then dry hands thoroughly
Before you go out, when you come back home, when you’ve blown your nose, of course before dinner and after you’ve gone to the bathroom.
Cough and sneeze in the inside of your elbow
Use tissue paper to blow your nose and then throw it away
Then wash your hands
Do not shake hands
Keep 1.5 meters (2 arm lengths) from others
This applies to everyone, for example on the street, in shops, with colleagues, except at home and within the family / household.
Keeping 1.5 meters away reduces the chance that people will infect each other.

Can I get sick from the new coronavirus if I touch or grab things or surfaces somewhere?

You are unlikely to get sick if you touch or grip items or surfaces, such as mail, packages or a bunch of flowers. The chance is even smaller if you wash your hands regularly and it prevents you from getting your hands on the face after touching them. If you know the owner of the stuff is sick, wash your hands as soon as there is an opportunity.

Coronavirus in Netherlands News:

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Coronavirus in Ireland — live updates, cases, and news

Coronavirus cases and fatalities in Ireland

The number is based on confirmed diagnostic tests. It is very likely that the true number of COVID-19 cases is higher as many cases are asymptomatic.

New COVID-19 cases and fatalities per day in Ireland

This is a good indicator of “flattening the curve” — when there is a steady decreasing trend, it is an indicator that the spread of the disease is slowing down.

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What is the 2019 novel Coronavirus?

A novel (new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans was identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. This virus is called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and the disease that it causes is called Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The first cases of COVID-19 were identified in people working in seafood and live animal market in Wuhan. It is thought that humans picked up the virus from animals at the market

COVID-19 Symptoms

It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) to show. They can be similar to the symptoms of cold and flu.

Common symptoms include:

If you have symptoms, you may be more likely to become dehydrated.

More information on the symptoms and causes of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is available from the HSE.

Coronavirus in Ireland News:

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Coronavirus in Nigeria — live updates, cases, and news

Coronavirus cases and fatalities in Nigeria

The number is based on confirmed diagnostic tests. It is very likely that the true number of COVID-19 cases is higher as many cases are asymptomatic.

New COVID-19 cases and fatalities per day

This is a good indicator of how the situation is evolving — when there is a steady decreasing trend, it is an indicator that the spread of the disease is slowing down.

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What is COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are zoonotic viruses, meaning they are normally transmitted between animals and people. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is caused by a new strain of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that has not been previously identified in humans. It was first reported to WHO on the 31st of December, 2019 in Wuhan, China.

What is the source of COVID-19?
Scientists and public health officials are working hard to identify the source of the SARS-CoV-2 which is the virus that causes COVID-19. The initial transmission appeared to be from an animal source, but there has been person-to-person transmission in countries.

Is COVID-19 airborne?

Not exactly.
When a person with coronavirus coughs or exhales, droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch the virus by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
People can also catch coronavirus if they breathe in these droplets. This is why it is important to stay at least 2 metres away from a person who is coughing or sneezing.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  •  Cough
  •  Fever
  •  Breathing difficulties

Are countries with hot weather immune to COVID-19?
From the evidence so far, the virus causing COVID-19 can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather.

What does self-isolation mean?
Self-isolation is an important way of controlling the spread of COVID-19. It means that anyone who is returning to Nigeria must stay at home and in strict isolation from their families for 14 days. This is to limit contact with people, protect yourself and loved ones. The NCDC guidelines on this can be found HERE

What does social distancing mean?

This is an effective strategy to reduce physical interaction between people towards delaying and reducing the wide spread of COVID-19 in a community.

This measure involves strict adherence to;

  •  Non-contact greetings (avoiding shaking of hands and hugs)
  •  Maintaining at least 2 metres (5 feet) physical distance between yourself and individuals and;
  •  Closure of activities that will cause any form of gathering including schools, houses of worship, and social events.

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Coronavirus in Nigeria News:

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Coronavirus in Singapore — live updates, cases, and news

Coronavirus cases in Singapore

The number is based on confirmed diagnostic tests. It is very likely that the true number of COVID-19 cases is higher as many cases are asymptomatic.

New COVID-19 cases per day

This is a good indicator of “flattening the curve” — when there is a steady decreasing trend, it is an indicator that the spread of the disease is slowing down.

If you’d like to use these graphs and maps on your site or articles, please e-mail us.

Safe distancing at workplaces

  • sit over 1 meter apart
  • work remotely if possible
  • stagger work and lunch hours
  • tele-commute, tele-conference
  • limit size, number, and duration of meerings
  • cancel non-critical work events

If you think you might be sick:

  • call a doctor (but don’t doctor-hop!)
  • wear a mask
  • stay at home.

Avoid rumors and misinformation, only seek advice from medical sources. Get the latest SG Gov COVID-19 info by following the WhatsApp channel (go.gov.sg/whatsapp)

What everyone should do to avoid the spread of COVID-19

  • wash hands frequently with water and soap
  • monitor your temperature daily
  • avoid touching your face with your hands
  • comply with official notices in your neighborhood and follow official recommendations.

For more information about COVID-19 and what you can do to help, check out these resources.

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Coronavirus in Brazil — live updates, cases, and news

Coronavirus cases and fatalities in Brazil

The number is based on confirmed diagnostic tests. It is very likely that the true number of COVID-19 cases is higher as many cases are asymptomatic.

New COVID-19 cases and fatalities per day in Brazil

This is a good indicator of “flattening the curve” — when there is a steady decreasing trend, it is an indicator that the spread of the disease is slowing down.

If you’d like to use these graphs and maps on your site or articles, please e-mail us.

Coronavirus basic information

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. The new coronavirus agent was discovered on 12/31/19 after cases registered in China. It causes the disease called (COVID-19).

Coronavirus incubation period

The incubation period is the time it takes for the first symptoms to appear since coronavirus infection, which can be 2 to 14 days. The coronavirus can be transmitted even if symptoms are not present.

How is the coronavirus transmitted

Transmission occurs from one sick person to another or through close contact through:

  • Handshakes or other physical contact
  • Droplets of saliva
  • Sneeze
  • Cough
  • Contaminated objects or surfaces such as cell phones, tables, door handles, toys, and computer keyboards etc.

Preventing the spread of coronavirus

To stop the spread of coronavirus, you should only leave the house for very limited purposes:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home

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Coronavirus in Australia — live updates, cases, and news

Coronavirus cases and fatalities in Australia

The number is based on confirmed diagnostic tests. It is very likely that the true number of COVID-19 cases is higher as many cases are asymptomatic.

New COVID-19 cases and fatalities per day in Australia

This is a good indicator of “flattening the curve” — when there is a steady decreasing trend, it is an indicator that the spread of the disease is slowing down.

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Coronavirus symptoms (according to Australian Government Department of Health)

Symptoms include:

  • fever
  • coughing
  • sore throat
  • fatigue
  • shortness of breath

If you are sick and think you might have COVID-19, check your symptoms using healthdirect’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom Checker.

How to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Australia:

See more information and advice for people most at risk, including:

Looking after your mental health

Prioritising your mental health is important in difficult times.

If you are feeling worried or anxious about COVID-19 there are steps you can take. Find out more at Head to Health’s COVID‑19 support page.

The Prime Minister has activated the Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

To find out how the Australian Government is managing COVID-19, go to Government response to the outbreak.

Coronavirus in Australia News:

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