Dan Ackerman, Google, Singapore discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News


Up contact tracing we know it's important to not just know who the positive cases but in in an infectious disease they have been in contact with Gary Edwards is executive director of Salt Lake County health department are you testing the people in that house as well when you identify someone who has tested positive for Kobe nineteen if it is a household we do want those family members tested yes because that has down especially close contact in contact tracing a person who tests positive tells the health department who they've been in contact with the health department then alerts those people and ask them to monitor their symptoms and to quarantine if needed and it's happening across the country I asked you all to start keeping a daily log Rhode island's governor asked everyone in the state to keep a personal log of whom they've encountered Massachusetts is investing forty four million dollars to hire and train more tracers so here I have the least of my contacts and in San Francisco with more than one thousand cases in at least twenty deaths health care officials use text messaging to communicate with people who tested positive and their close contacts and most at risk for every new case there are three to five close contacts Dr Mike reed is with the San Francisco department of public health they're calling on everyone from medical students to librarians to help them with contact tracing the reason for training people now is so that we're ready for a full five weeks time whenever the decision is made that will end the shelter in place tech companies are also preparing apple and Google recently announced a joint plan to create software for iPhones and androids that will allow them to keep a record of every other phone they've come in close contact with the tracking is voluntary your phone will know what other phones you happy new year or then if you let's say test positive and you alert the system it will go inside all of the phones that you have to be near over the last fourteen days Dan Ackerman a senior managing editor for CNN of course are a lot of issues with that just because your phone is within Bluetooth range of another problem doesn't mean that you're necessarily in communicable disease range of somebody Americans love their apps but they also love their privacy when we think about tracking and tracing all the news or place of yours has been negative and now they're trying to shift it into being something for a greater public good it may be a hard sell now using a smartphone to trace this virus is already happening in places like South Korea and Singapore but there it is mandatory in something else worth mentioning is that these contact tracers will not ask for information regarding your social security number your financial information and they will not ask about your immigration.

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