The COVID-19 pandemic is running rampant across the globe, affecting all facets of life with governments, health authorities and businesses trying to do their part in find slowing down the spread, flattening the curve and finding a cure. Apple and Google have announced in partnering together to do their part to the cause, creating a system enabling widespread contact tracing.
Apple and Google plans to launch systems that application programming interfaces (APIs) and operating system-level technology to assist in enabling contact tracing. How it will roughly work is that users with the app will be notified when they have been in close proximity to an individual contracting the COVID-19 virus. Apple and Google have also stressed privacy, transparency, and consent as extremely important factors to this initiative but there are still concerns regarding the matter.
We all need to do our own part in flattening the curve by following hygiene practices and social distancing, but having this system in place will assist further with the fight against COVID-19.