Apple and Google have collaborated in a collaborative initiative to allow the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies minimize the spread of the virus, with the concept focused on user privacy and protection.
Google and Apple launched a joint project Friday to create a "touch monitoring" method for the coronavirus smartphone that could potentially alert people when they crossed paths with an infected individual.
This collaboration would allow the use of Bluetooth wireless technology to communicate between Apple IOS apps and Google-backed Android operating system through a joint "opt in program."
To support this cause, Apple and Google will announce a comprehensive solution to better track communications, including application programming interfaces (APIs) as well as operating system-level technologies. The aim is to implement this solution in two stages, given the urgent need, thus retaining strong privacy protections for users.
Apple launched a new screening tool and collection of tools in March to help people stay updated and take the necessary measures to protect their health during the COVID-19 outbreak, based on the current CDC guidelines.
The updated COVID-19 website, and the COVID-19 app available on the App Store, was developed in collaboration with the CDC, the White House Coronavirus Task Force and FEMA to make it easier for people around the country to access reliable information and advice at a time when the US is experiencing the heavy burden of COVID-19.
The COVID-19 app and website allow users to answer a series of questions for themselves or a loved one about risk factors, recent exposure and symptoms. They will then provide CDC guidelines on next steps, including advice on social distance and self-isolation, how to track symptoms closely, whether or not a test is recommended at this time, and when to contact a medical provider
The latest screening method is intended to be a resource for patients, and will not substitute health care providers 'guidelines or state and local health authorities' guidance.