With a lifting of restrictions, movements and contact between people will increase.
Coming into contact with people we do not know means that in the case of infection, tracking the spread is more complicated.
Prevention to Break Transmission
To prevent an eventual ‘second wave’ of the virus, and break the chains of transmission, the government has put in place StopCovid. Special ‘Covid teams’ will use ‘contact tracing’ to monitor patients infected with the virus,. Through a series of questions, they can manually track down anyone who may have come into contact with the patient, be it family members, colleagues or friends.
The StopCovid app will also help the Covid team and health authorities to identify people outside the immediate circle of the patient much faster, those not necessarily part of the user’s entourage, who may nevertheless have been in prolonged close contact (less than 1m for over 15 minutes) with someone who later tests positive for Covid 19.
Stop Covid, has been designed in collaboration with medical professionals to help counter this problem.
How Does it Work?
It all sounds a bit James Bondy but when a telephone with the app identifies a nearby user who also has the app, information is exchanged and stored automatically.
If a person tests positive, the patient is given a QR code to record in their phone and alerts are sent to anyone who has been within one metre of the infected person, for more than 15 minutes, within the last 14 days.
Whilst the application is not compulsory, it must be used by at least 80 percent of the population. order to be efficient. It is free and available on Android and iOS systems and using bluetooth.
Easy to install
The app is easy to install. On your smartphone, go to your Apple store and search for StopCovid (one word) France. Click on GET, follow the clear and easy instructions – et Robert est ton oncle.
All users will remain anonymous and data will only be held temporarily.
The Prime Minister assured listeners that the app would respect privacy laws and has been approved by CNIL, France’s watchdog for data protection.