Along with many other companies, Google and Apple are ready to lend a helping hand in the fight against COVID-19. Despite some people still ridiculously claiming that the disease is ‘just a flu’, the stats are more worrying as days pass. A second wave of the pandemic is hitting countries like Spain, Italy, the UK, France, Germany, and more.
Health agencies should join the COVID-19 exposure notification system in a more easy way, and this is the area where Google and Apple intend to improve things. Even by lacking an app, people will be able to track and alert one another when it comes to COVID-19 infections.
Exposure notifications express is coming soon
Google declares that it will make the new system available for devices that run Android 6.0 or higher. As for Apple, the Cupertino-based giant made the updates available recently with the iOS 13.7 release for its iPhones and iPads.
Google and Apple said in a joint statement the following:
We are making it easier and faster for them to use the Exposure Notifications System without the need for them to build and maintain an app,
Exposure Notifications Express provides another option for public health authorities to supplement their existing contact tracing operations with technology without compromising on the project’s core tenets of user privacy and security.
The total cases of infections with COVID-19 throughout the world is rapidly heading to 27 million, while the number of deaths has surpassed 878,000. Thankfully, there’s also a bright side: over 18.9 million infected patients were recovered, as the vast majority of those who catch the SARS-CoV-2 virus will be healed.
As the overall situation regarding COVID-19 is still far from looking good, we have hopes that a vaccine will finally put an end to this global mess.