Contact tracing apps do not track surface or air contacts across time | Coldstreams Business and Tech

Re-running this post with a few minor updates. Contact tracing apps do not track surface or air contacts across time | Coldstreams Business and Tech Bluetooth-based contact tracing apps are incapable of detecting close contacts across time. Example: Some sits on a bus or at a coffee shop seat, coughs, and then leaves, 30-60 seconds … Continue reading Contact tracing apps do not track surface or air contacts across time | Coldstreams Business and Tech

Apple and Google installing contact tracing feature on all phones over next few weeks

Apple and Google, which built APIs for apps to use to do contact tracing have switched plans – rather than rely on third party apps to implement the feature, both companies will roll out contact tracing apps to all phones over the next few weeks (except possibly slightly older phones which seem to rarely get … Continue reading Apple and Google installing contact tracing feature on all phones over next few weeks

As of August 1st, smart phone bluetooth-based contact tracing apps have mostly vanished

They were an ill conceived “great idea doomed to success”. Seemed like a great idea but in practice, they are likely not workable. I have posted many items on this topic already. They really do need mass adoption to have a meaningful impact. Even at 50% adoption, they could only detect 25% of potential contacts. … Continue reading As of August 1st, smart phone bluetooth-based contact tracing apps have mostly vanished

Utah mostly abandons its contact tracing smart phone app

The GPS-based contact tracking system was hardly used; the app will continue to have a Bluetooth “close encounter” detector but unless a majority install the app, its mostly useless. “We’ve learned over the course of the past three months that location tracking isn’t popular,” state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn said Thursday. “And as a result, … Continue reading Utah mostly abandons its contact tracing smart phone app

Smart phone Covid-19 contact tracing apps accomplishing little

In May, a report said Iceland had achieved the largest penetration of any virus-tracking app, with 38% of its 364,000 inhabitants installing it. But the Iceland app, which collected people’s GPS data, “wasn’t a game changer,” according to Gestur Pálmason, the deputy chief inspector of Iceland’s Covid-19 tracing team. Oxford University researchers have said 60% … Continue reading Smart phone Covid-19 contact tracing apps accomplishing little

UK’s NHS tried to stop development of third-party contact tracing smartphone apps

The UK has since abandoned its NHSX developed app and is now moving on to a new app based on Google/Apple tech, but is not expected to release the new app until … end of 2020: Developers of several apps were urged to stop work by either NHSX or the Ministry of Defence, who told … Continue reading UK’s NHS tried to stop development of third-party contact tracing smartphone apps

Adoption of contact tracing app in France off to a very slow start

France was one of the first Western countries to build an app to track exposure to the coronavirus, but sluggish takeup rates could limit its usefulness in preventing a second wave. Source: French Contact-Tracing App Struggles with Slow Adoption. It Isn’t Alone – WSJ What many do not understand is that it requires a lot … Continue reading Adoption of contact tracing app in France off to a very slow start

Australia’s Bluetooth-based contact tracing app deemed largely irrelevant

Says they’ve identified a total of … one person: The PM told Australians in April the contact tracing app was key to getting back to normal but just one person has been identified using its data Source: How did the Covidsafe app go from being vital to almost irrelevant? | World news | The Guardian … Continue reading Australia’s Bluetooth-based contact tracing app deemed largely irrelevant

Contact tracing apps do not track surface and air contacts across time

First: India mandates workers use COVID-19 tracing app, France rolls out tracing tool and other tracking efforts | MobiHealthNews The WSJ also reports that China’s health tracking app will be mandatory even after the Covid-19 pandemic is over. Bluetooth is normally not active when the phone is locked – or the app is not in … Continue reading Contact tracing apps do not track surface and air contacts across time