FHI’s new infection app will notify you if you have been less than two feet away from a Coronavirus infected person for over 15 minutes. The roll out is planned for after Easter.
“We are working hard to finish,” says FHI Area Director Gun Peggy Knudsen, who is responsible for developing the app.
The app will track the movements of Norwegians in the fight against the Coronavirus. Knudsen says the application uses GPS and bluetooth signals to determine if people have been in close proximity to each other.
If a person who has installed the app receives confirmation that they have the Coronavirus infection, everyone else who has the app will be notified if they have been in close contact or proximity, for example, closer than two meters to that person for more than 15 minutes in the recent past.
– “They will be notified that they may have been exposed to the infection, and will be given advice on how to deal with it,” Knudsen tells NTB.
For privacy reasons, you will not be told when and where during the day you came in contact with the Coronavirus infected person.
– “We will probably tell you what day it was, after all, it is important for how long you should stay at home. But we’re going to be very careful with the time so that it doesn’t identify,” says the area director.
The app will be available for download as soon as it is ready, but the infection itself through the app will be introduced gradually.
– “It will take a few days anyways before we can start tracking. We must collect data first,” says Knudsen.
She says that they will work with a couple of municipalities in the beginning to compare the data and check that everything works properly.
The more people who use the app, the more efficient it becomes.
– We hope that as many people as possible download it, but it is important to emphasize that this is voluntary.
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