The WHO is developing an application that will allow people to know if they could have the COVID-19, through a questionnaire on the symptoms. But the world health Organization is also considering to include a feature of contact tracing on this app. This could especially be useful in countries where this type of application does not exist (yet).
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If the european countries are already developing their applications, contact tracing, some developing countries could also benefit from a similar technology thanks to the WHO. In fact, according to an article published by Reuters, an official of the world health Organization has indicated that it is currently working on a mobile application for these countries. Obviously, the usefulness of this app will be especially the detection of patients, from questionnaires on symptoms. But WHO would think of also to propose a feature of contact tracing based on the Bluetooth technology.
And it is possible that this solution of contact tracing is based on the API that Google and Apple currently offer on the governments, since WHO would be in discussion with these two platforms. But obviously, WHO does not engage for the moment not on the contact tracing because of the regulatory barriers in the field of data protection. Applications of contact tracing enable persons who have been exposed to patients testing positive receive a warning, for that they are planning to do a test. The proximity between two persons is detected through the proximity between their smartphones (thanks to signals Bluetooth).
As a reminder, France has decided not to use the protocol proposed by Apple and Google (contrary to Germany), because of the decentralized nature of this protocol. The implementation of contact tracing French, StopCovid, due out on 2 June.
An open source application and distributed around the world
This application of the who, which might come out this month of may, will be offered as open source on GitHub and governments may also rely on the code to create their own apps and add new features. ” The value really is for the countries who have nothing “, said Bernardo Mariano, chief information officer of the WHO. ” We would leave behind us those who are not able to (provide application), which have weak health systems. “
For a reminder, WHO already works with various online platforms in order to inform internet users about the pandemic. For example, in partnership with Facebook, the world health Organization offers the bots on Messenger and WhatsApp. And currently, it would also develop an information service on the COVID-19 based on SMS, for people who do not have a smartphone. On the other hand, an application dedicated to the care staff would also be being developed to inform on good practice.