Tagged: contact tracing

10am brunch, 1pm Kmart: when the media pokes fun at someone’s lifestyle, it’s harder for the next person to get COVID tested - COVID-19

Guest Author Feb 15, 2021

Clare Southerton, UNSW and Marianne Clark, UNSW In countries like Australia where infection rates remain relatively low, contact tracing is a crucial defence in our fight against COVID-19. We’ve seen this recently in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, and now we’re seeing it in Melbourne as Victorian health authorities battle to contain the Holiday Inn outbreak. Read More

Not just complacency: why people are reluctant to use COVID-19 contact-tracing apps - COVID-19

Guest Author Dec 21, 2020

Farkhondeh Hassandoust, Auckland University of Technology Last week’s announcement of two new COVID-19 vaccine pre-purchase deals is encouraging, but doesn’t mean New Zealanders should become complacent about using the NZ COVID Tracer app during the summer holidays. The immunisation rollout won’t start until the second quarter of 2021, and the government is encouraging New Zealanders to continue using … Read More

An Australia–NZ travel bubble needs a unified COVID contact-tracing app. We’re not there - COVID-19

Guest Author Dec 14, 2020

Mahmoud Elkhodr, CQUniversity Australia New Zealand’s coronavirus contact-tracing app COVID Tracer was recently revamped. It now uses the Bluetooth-based Google/Apple exposure notification (GAEN) framework. This allows Android and Apple (iOS) devices to communicate via a contact-tracing mechanism built into the devices’ operating systems. Meanwhile, Australia continues to use the COVIDSafe app, which also uses Bluetooth, but with … Read More

Using the CovidCard to enhance protection from COVID-19 at the NZ border - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Aug 24, 2020

Dr Tim Chambers, Prof Nick Wilson, Prof Michael Baker Border controls are critical in preventing future COVID-19 outbreaks in NZ. In this blog we consider the recent announcements and cross-party support for the CovidCard’s use by border control workers and guests in quarantine and isolation facilities. We discuss how this is a promising move that should facilitate further improvements in … Read More

Masking the outbreak: despite New Zealand’s growing COVID-19 cases, there are more ways to get back to elimination faster - COVID-19

Guest Author Aug 14, 2020

Nick Wilson, University of Otago; Amanda Kvalsvig, University of Otago, and Michael Baker, University of Otago As New Zealand enters its third day at heightened alert levels to contain a community outbreak of COVID-19, we expect it should only be a temporary setback. Four cases with no direct links to border or quarantine facilities were confirmed late on Tuesday. Read More

We need rapid progress on digital solutions to help eliminate COVID-19 from New Zealand - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Apr 15, 2020

Dr Tim Chambers, Prof Nick Wilson, Prof Michael Baker In this blog, we discuss some of the emerging technologies New Zealand could adopt to support the country’s COVID-19 elimination strategy. We argue for the prioritisation of technologies to assist with contact tracing, border controls, early diagnosis and surveillance. These technologies present major benefits for the collective effort against COVID-19 … Read More