The current trending thing in the world, noble COVID-19. The pandemic caused by this virus has shook us all. Looking at the global data (as of writing this), we have a total of 1, 740,285. Out of which, 108,612 have lost their lives, 396,641 people have fully recovered and 1,235,032 are still active cases. On the papers, there’s a 6.24% fatality rate but a higher 22.79% recovery rate. These numbers do not seem to slow down any soon. Google and Apple, probably the biggest companies in the world have partnered together for the development of COVID-19 contact tracing technology.
Google and Apple team-up to fight COVID-19
As the COVID-19 is transmittable through close contact, public health organizations have identified contact tracing as a valuable tool to help contain its spread. All around the world, a number of leading public health authorities, universities, and NGOs are working 24/7 to develop opt-in contact tracing technology. Following this subject matter, Google and Apple have announced a joint effort to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the virus, using user privacy and security central to the design.
Google and Apple hand-in-hand will be launching a comprehensive solution having an application programming interfaces (APIs) and operating system-level technology to assist in enabling contact tracing. These APIs will be released in May that will enable the interoperability between both Android & iOS with public health authorities.
In the upcoming months, both companies aim to get hold of the border Bluetooth-based contact tracing platform by building the functionality into the underlying platforms. As per the officials, privacy, transparency, and consent are the utmost importance for the development. Respective companies will also be publishing information about this project for others to analyze. This is definitely the biggest team up to fight something that has affected the whole world. We hope for a positive outcome in the near future.
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