Safety Through Numbers
Next Trace is attempting to give you a heads up if you’ve been in contact with someone who’s been infected with their app, Trace Together (available on the App Store and Google Play).
“This system would use cell phone location and proximity data to detect possible exposure events while ensuring that privacy is preserved and data is secure,” Trevor Bedford, an epidemiologist at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
A person’s positive coronavirus test result would trigger an instant notification to people they’ve been in close contact with.
The app is under production.
Safe Paths is a similar app. Developed by MIT researchers, “Private Kit: Safe Paths, uses your location data to determine if you’ve crossed paths with someone who is sick. A prototype is available now.
British Government Contact Tracing App Coming
The British government hopes over the next couple of weeks to release a bluetooth tracking app which allows people to state if they’ve been infected – and automatically notify everyone they’ve been in contact with.
The Outbreak Catchers
Help researchers identify outbreaks as they occur by uploading your symptom information.
This Kings College, London, Harvard and Stanford symptom tracker has been up for a couple of weeks and is beginning to produce some data. The app asks a variety of health and demographic data and your zip code. Over 2 million people had downloaded the app as of April 6th.
A coronavirus outbreak catcher. Pinterest’s CEO partnered with Harvard, MIT, Cornell, Stanford and other universities as well as Feeding America to produce a free app that lets you self-report your symptoms once a day. Called How We Feel, the app does not require any personal information (name, email address, or phone number). Simply input your age, gender, health history and location and then once a day to report your symptoms and let the models do the rest.
It sounds space-agey, comes with a bunch of provisos, and is decidedly preliminary but then again, the people who created this app aren’t exactly guys in a diner, either. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and other institutions are creating an app they hope will be able to determine if you have COVID-19 just by analyzing your voice. The idea is to determine if signatures in your voice are similar to those found in COVID-19 patients.
Not approved by the FDA or CDC, definitely not a substitute for a medical test – and not available yet.
Apparently the virus leaves tell-tale signs in chest-x-rays. This app from AI-Biokinetic Technologies scans a chest x-ray to see if the virus has left its tell-tale signs. The app also has a thermal scanner and can analyse your voice to pick up respiratory problems. The developers hope to make it available this week.
Coronavirus Central – Resources From Health Rising
- Tracking – check out the multiplicity of ways the virus is being tracked: its spread, its infectious rate, the deaths it’s causing, efforts to model its effects.
- Advice From ME/CFS/FM Doctors and Researchers – ME/CFS/FM doctors and researchers give advice.
- Staying Safe – how to stay safe including hand washing, nasal irrigation, disinfecting, making a mask, plus – is the virus being aerosolized? How long is the virus alive on different surfaces, and does the amount of virus present matter?
- Treatments – Check out the astonishing number of COVID-19 treatment trials underway.
- Apps – be part of the solution; use apps that help us understand the spread of the virus; plus, use apps that can warn you if you’ve been in contact with someone who’s infected.