As Delta Surges, Contact Tracing Re-Takes COVID Center Stage

Ilish Pérez, health educator, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. True Beck, COVID-19 response manager, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. K.J. Seung, MD, senior health and policy adviser, Partners in Health; assistant professor of global health and social medicine, Harvard Medical School. Danyelle McNeill, spokesperson, Arkansas Department of Health, Little Rock. Benjamin … Read more

Aarogya Setu app to display vaccine status soon – ET HealthWorld

aarogya setu app to display vaccine status soon

The Aarogya Setu contact tracing app may soon become a tool to quickly access a person’s vaccination status. The government is working on a feature where a blue tick will appear against their names once people take one dose of the vaccine. If they have taken both the doses, then two blue ticks will be … Read more

How phones can alert you to Covid-19 exposure – ET HealthWorld

how phones can alert you to covid 19

More than 8.1 million people in the U.S. have turned their iPhones and Android devices into pandemic contact-tracing tools, but it hasn’t been of much use when their neighbors, classmates and coworkers aren’t on the same system. Apple and Google co-created “exposure notification” technology to alert phone users if they spent time near someone who … Read more

New daily record as COVID-19 cases hit more than 350,000


The World Health Organization has announced a new daily record high in coronavirus cases confirmed worldwide, with more than 350,000 infections reported to the U.N. health agency on Friday. The new daily high of 350,766 cases surpasses a record set earlier this week by nearly 12,000. That tally includes more than 109,000 cases from Europe … Read more

World Bank praises efforts to arrest COVID-19 spread in Mumbai’s Dharavi


WASHINGTON: The World Bank on Wednesday praised the efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus in Mumbai’s Dharavi, one of the world’s largest slums, saying its success stemmed from a combination of “customised solutions”, community involvement and perseverance. Dharavi, which is located in India’s commercial capital Mumbai, is spread over an area of 2.5 … Read more

Expert: White House a ‘Super Spreader’ Site

Executive Office of the President: “Annual Report to Congress on White House Office Personnel.” Twitter: @maggieNYT, @DrTomFrieden, Oct. 5, 2020. “Here’s who has tested positive and negative for Covid-19 in Trump’s circle.” Forbes: “National Security Council Staff Told To Wear Masks, White House Rules Still Make Them Optional.” Business Insider: “There are over … Read more

Trump & COVID: Who Is Positive, Who Is Negative @realDonaldTrump, “GOP senator on Judiciary panel tests positive for Covid-19 days after meeting with Trump’s nominee.”, “Biden tests negative for coronavirus following Trump’s positive test.”, “Here are the Cabinet members and others around Trump who have been tested.” Source link

Unlock norms dilute power of states, DMs


NEW DELHI: The Union government has used “unlock” guidelines over the past four month to dilute the powers of state governments and district administrations to keep them from imposing arbitrary restrictions, local lockdown and sealing of borders. The first phase of unlock directives came on May 30, after more than 65 days of lockdown, when … Read more

Privacy Concerns Hindering Digital Contact Tracing

Jennifer D. Oliva, JD, associate professor of law, Seton Hall University School of Law, Jersey City, NJ. Ross D. Silverman, JD, Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Bloomington. Public Health Watch Report: “Assessing Legal Responses to COVID-19.” MIT Technology Review: “A flood of … Read more

Eight organizations and 145 individuals write to govt on concerns on Aarogya Setu app – ET HealthWorld

eight organizations and 145 individuals write to govt on concerns on aarogya setu app

BENGALURU: Eight organizations and 145 individuals have written to the Ministry of Health and Family, Ministry of Electronics and IT, and the IT Standing Committee raising serious technical, legal, ethical, and implementation concerns regarding Aarogya Setu and other apps introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic. This joint statement was drafted by the Forum for Medical Ethics … Read more