The UK’s covid app made a serious difference during the winter surge

The UK’s covid app made a serious difference during the winter surge

February 12, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

The news: Researchers in the UK have calculated that its contact tracing app may have prevented around 600,000 cases of covid-19. The announcement is good news for the system—which underwent serious teething problems—and a step forward for exposure notification systems more generally. What they found: The study by a team of Oxford researchers modeled the…

Covid apps could get a second chance under Biden—but it will take work

Covid apps could get a second chance under Biden—but it will take work

January 29, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

As the Biden administration ramps up, it inherits soaring cases and a muddled vaccine rollout— so it’s reasonable to wonder what else can possibly slow the spread of covid-19. Some strategies in the administration’s covid plan are basics, like calling on people to wear masks, doing more testing, and communicating more clearly. But digital technology…

Why more countries need covid vaccines, not just the richest ones

Why more countries need covid vaccines, not just the richest ones

January 29, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

The global vaccine rollout is full of glitches, shortages, and problems, but not every country faces the same challenges. Evening out those inequalities to make sure poorer countries are included in the vaccination race isn’t just the ethical thing to do: it’s good for rich countries, too. A new study from the National Bureau of…