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Several states in America have started using mobile phone apps to provide information on how to approach infected people.

It has been nearly a year since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak and after some countries such as China, South Korea, Israel and Turkey have used apps to provide information about the outbreak. Now many states in the US Become interested in taking advantage of mobile apps as well.

In many countries, the Department of Health or the national responsible agency often provides apps to collect information about COVID-19, but in the United States, as the federal government does not have such programs. It is therefore the responsibility of each state government to create apps for their respective states.

Although the appearance or appearance of this app may differ somewhat. But most of the time, the technology used comes from two major sources: Apple and Google, whose main goal is to use technology to help people quickly know if they have ever approached an infected person. And to help health workers to keep up with the matter quickly.

And while apps in China, South Korea, Israel and Turkey rely on mobile phone location tracking to track a person's movements. To help determine if anyone has ever approached someone with COVID-19, the nature of the app used in the United States will collect anonymous information about other mobile phones that the app's users have. Approach Including the near term

The information in a way called "digital handshake" or to detect the signal between each other phone Are stored only in the app owner's phone And this method requires cooperation from people with positive blood results. Because health workers give a special code to people who have been infected, put it in an app to send an alarm to nearby mobile phones.

Although Apple and Google will condition that they allow their technology to be used. If an app is tracking COVID-19 This does not indicate the location of that mobile phone. Or any other specific information But questions about privacy still remain. Because there are concerns that these apps may collect more data than users know or accept.

Professor Sara Clep, Public Administration Instructor at Cornell University Point out that a condition of preservation of privacy is necessary Because it will make the user more confident and willing to use Because the app can be effectively used to monitor and control outbreaks, it requires a lot of data. But on the other hand The lack of specific information about the location and app users can also create limitations for health agencies if an outbreak occurs in the community. This is because information cannot be used for the identification and location of the infection.

There are now nine states in the United States that have adopted a coronavirus approach notification app. For people in the state to download and use And the National Association of Public Health Laboratories is partnering with Microsoft to make app downloads in one state as possible when traveling to other states.

Apple is also installing a notification system called exposure notifications so that users can choose to receive notifications when they get close to an infected person.

But no matter how big tech companies like Apple and Google promise partnerships to help develop apps, the key question right now is the comfort and willingness of Americans to use apps in exchange for. How widespread will the disclosure of personal information be?

And, as Jeffrey Cannes, director of the Johns Hopkins University Institute of Medical Ethics, points out that the technology, which has yet to be proven, has not been proven. Being used while facing a national health crisis Therefore, there are still many questions waiting to be answered and to be learned at the moment.

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