A senior World Health Organisation envoy caused consternation by proclaiming lockdowns are not a good long-term strategy against COVID-19. But it’s true, and other subtler tactics are better in the long run.
Some hard lessons have been learned along the way but the contact tracing system in Victoria is now very comprehensive and increasingly robust.
States have tried shutting down bars and limiting restaurants to outdoor seating to slow the coronavirus’s spread.
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States have been experimenting with more targeted approaches to slow the coronavirus’s spread. Two strategies stand out.
In order to contain a deadly virus, the COVID Alert app needs to go viral.
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Ironically, to encourage people to download the COVID Alert app, we need viral processes as we attempt to contain an actual virus. And that’s a challenge when we’re socially isolated.
Yo-yoing lockdowns are costly and to be avoided if at all possible. Here is what we can do to dramatically improve testing and tracing.
The state government has enlisted a US software company to deploy a data management system that will speed up contact tracing. But security could be a hitch.
Social media influencers could have an impact in promoting a test and trace service and changing young people’s attitudes towards COVID-19.
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New Zealand’s most pressing challenge is to bring the current COVID-19 outbreak under control, but it also time to make more strategic improvements to prevent future border control failures.
Countries around the world have struggled to get people to download and use contact tracing apps.
Podium placards promoting the COVID Alert app are seen on a table on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on July 31, 2020.
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Canada’s COVID Alert app maybe be privacy-safe, but the government has failed to release any information about what effect it expects it to have on COVID-19 transmission.
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We believe New Zealand can eliminate COVID-19 again. But it could do more to speed up that process with mandatory masks and tighter controls on high-risk venues, including bars, gyms and churches.
New Zealand has confirmed a new community outbreak of COVID-19 and the country returns to pandemic restrictions, with Auckland under alert level 3 conditions.
Contact tracing may be around for years, but it’s not going to work if privacy concerns are not addressed.
Border restrictions and quarantine have kept COVID-19 out of New Zealand, but new modelling shows contact tracing and quick isolation would control an outbreak, without the need for another lockdown.
New Zealand is one of a small number of countries that have managed to eliminate community transmission of COVID-19. It’s now reached a 100-day milestone with no new cases in the community.
A traveller walks between empty check-in kiosks at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport in June 2020.
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Will the joy and exhilaration of travel return after the COVID-19 pandemic? Yes, but with a new value proposition built around safe and secure travel.
Stigmatising people with coronavirus risks undermining efforts to control the pandemic through contact tracing.
Technology is raising a new wave of privacy concerns around contact tracing.
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Trust in the confidentiality of contact tracing broke down during the AIDS epidemic. Today, it’s faltering again.
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With COVID-19 spreading in Sydney’s southwest, can New South Wales avoid a return to lockdown and a similar scenario to Victoria’s second wave? The answer depends on whether there is community spread.
To control the COVID-19 pandemic through random testing would require about 6.5 million test a day. Using group testing and machine learning could get that number down to fewer than 40,000 day.