As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, contact tracing has become one of the most important and effective tools to keep the virus under control. The term “contact tracing” is a huge buzzword in health policy, tech, and social media, but many are unaware of what it actually means. 

So, what is contact tracing?

Contact tracing is the process of tracking the spread of an infectious disease. Public health officials will reach out to people who have tested positive for the disease and will interview them in order to determine who they have been in contact with. The officials will use this information to trace exposure and track down who is at risk of infection. 

The process continues as public health workers reach out to more and more people in order to stop the transmission train. 

However, this process is incredibly time consuming and isn’t 100% comprehensive. Dr. Jeff Engel, senior adviser to the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, states that “a tracer might not be able to reach all the contacts, and those contacts might not be able to follow the guidance”. In countries like the US, the lack of resources and an alarming rate of new cases made it difficult to track the spread of the COVID-19. 

This is where technology steps in. 

Countries such as Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan have integrated smartphone technology into their healthcare policy by developing digital contact tracing apps in order to contain the outbreak. The apps collect data through Bluetooth signals, geofencing technology, and public government databases to track the spread of the virus and inform users of positive cases nearby. The development of these programs has been the key to success for many East Asian disease control initiatives and helped bring down the number of cases significantly

And that’s why LivNao is bringing the digital contact tracing to the US and Canada. We’re using our app to track the spread of COVID-19 through instant detection and triaging. Our service is ready-to-go and utilizes technology that is proven to work. The only step left is mass adoption and government support. 

What can you do to help?

Are you interested in making digital contact tracing a reality in your country? Help us spread the word about the app by going to livnao.com/covid19.

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