Baroness Dido Harding lifts the lid on the NHS’s manual contact tracing performance: ‘We contact them up to 10 times over a 36-hour period’ (The Register)

The Register: Baroness Dido Harding lifts the lid on the NHS’s manual contact tracing performance: ‘We contact them up to 10 times over a 36-hour period’. “Baroness Dido Harding of Winscombe, who is currently leading the UK’s coronavirus track-and-trace efforts, has shed light on the nation’s human-driven contact-tracing efforts in a meeting of the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee.”

EurekAlert: Contact tracing apps against COVID-19

EurekAlert: Contact tracing apps against COVID-19. “In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, mobile software applications have been developed worldwide. Such apps are part of a wider array of digital tools for the prevention and control of infectious diseases. Which technical questions occur in the development of these apps? What ethical aspects must be considered? How can these apps be helpful in the relaxation of restrictions on public and economic life? International experts will discuss these issues at an English-language virtual panel discussion organised by the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina on Wednesday, 15 July, 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m CEST. We cordially invite you to this event and would appreciate an announcement of this date in your medium.”

CNN: As Florida sets records for Covid-19 cases, health authorities often fail to do contact tracing

CNN: As Florida sets records for Covid-19 cases, health authorities often fail to do contact tracing. “When Shaila Rivera and her new husband returned home from their honeymoon and tested positive for Covid-19, they expected a phone call from their local health authorities in Florida asking for a list of people they’d been near so that contact tracing could begin. The Riveras waited for that phone call. And waited. And waited. But the call never came.”

Ars Technica: NY partygoers get subpoenas after stonewalling COVID-19 contact tracers

Ars Technica: NY partygoers get subpoenas after stonewalling COVID-19 contact tracers. “In New York, public health officials are struggling to convince some residents to work with contact tracers as a new cluster threatens to turn into a flare-up. The Empire State was once the epicenter of the country’s still-roaring pandemic but has since seen its outbreak subside. New York is now at a point where vigilant testing, isolating, tracing, and quarantining contact can extinguish lingering embers—but only if people comply.”

Coronavirus: Why Singapore turned to wearable contact-tracing tech (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Why Singapore turned to wearable contact-tracing tech. “Singapore’s TraceTogether Tokens are the latest effort to tackle Covid-19 with tech. But they have also reignited a privacy debate. The wearable devices complement the island’s existing contact-tracing app, to identify people who might have been infected by those who have tested positive for the virus.”

Opinion: Fed warns stock market of a second recession if the coronavirus pandemic isn’t brought under control (MarketWatch)

MarketWatch: Opinion: Fed warns stock market of a second recession if the coronavirus pandemic isn’t brought under control. “It’s up to the public health and fiscal policy officials, as well as the private sector, to get us through this with a minimal loss of lives and damage to our livelihoods. That means wear a mask, keep your distance, test everyone you can, trace contacts, and isolate anyone who has the disease or who may have it. And it means Congress needs to provide more support for individuals, families, small businesses, and state and local governments.”

AP: Huge spike in COVID-19 cases overwhelms S. Carolina tracers

AP: Huge spike in COVID-19 cases overwhelms S. Carolina tracers. “South Carolina reported more people in the hospital and more deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday than any day since the pandemic began in March, overwhelming the ability to track cases and try to slow the spreading outbreak, the state’s top infectious disease specialist said.”

Ohio State News: Using your phone’s microphone to track possible COVID-19 exposure

Ohio State News: Using your phone’s microphone to track possible COVID-19 exposure. “Signals sent and received from cell phone microphones and speakers could help warn people when they have been near someone who has contracted COVID-19, researchers say. In a new paper, researchers described a system that would generate random, anonymous IDs for each phone, automatically send ultrasonic signals between microphones and speakers of phones within a certain radius, and use the information exchanged through this acoustic channel for contact tracing.”

Co-founder of ReOpen Maryland tests positive for COVID-19: ‘It’s funny how capricious this thing is’ (Raw Story)

Raw Story: Co-founder of ReOpen Maryland tests positive for COVID-19: ‘It’s funny how capricious this thing is’. “The co-founder of the ReOpen Maryland movement says he has tested posted for the coronavirus. Tim Walters posted a series of Facebook videos about his illness, but said he would not cooperate with contact-tracing efforts by public health officials, reported The Baltimore Sun.”

ZDNet: New ransomware masquerades as COVID-19 contact-tracing app on your Android device

ZDNet: New ransomware masquerades as COVID-19 contact-tracing app on your Android device. “Researchers from ESET said this week that the ransomware emerged only a few days after Health Canada announced the release of COVID Alert, which will first be tested in Ontario before rolling out nationwide.”

NPR: As States Reopen, Do They Have The Workforce They Need To Stop Coronavirus Outbreaks?

NPR: As States Reopen, Do They Have The Workforce They Need To Stop Coronavirus Outbreaks?. “An NPR survey of state health departments shows that the national coronavirus contact tracing workforce has tripled in the past six weeks, from 11,142 workers to 37,110. Yet given their current case counts, only seven states and the District of Columbia are staffed to the level that public health researchers say is needed to contain outbreaks.”

Gizmodo AU: NY Attorney General Calls on Apple, Google to Crack Down on Shady Contact-Tracing Apps

Gizmodo AU: NY Attorney General Calls on Apple, Google to Crack Down on Shady Contact-Tracing Apps. “As more states and cities around the world explore reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic, Apple and Google have struggled to keep up with the flood of third-party contact-tracing apps in their respective app stores. Now, New York Attorney General Letitia James is urging both companies to impose stricter protections for consumers.”

BuzzFeed News: Coronavirus Contact Tracers Are Facing Death Threats And Comparisons To Nazis On Facebook And YouTube

BuzzFeed News: Coronavirus Contact Tracers Are Facing Death Threats And Comparisons To Nazis On Facebook And YouTube. “In reality, contact tracers carrying out the essential work of tracking the spread of the novel coronavirus are key public health responders to the pandemic. But online, they are being compared to the German secret police and facing death threats, according to a new report shared exclusively with BuzzFeed News. The Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a London-based think tank researching online disinformation, has found dozens of Facebook posts and YouTube videos spreading hoaxes and lies about contact tracers have received hundreds of thousands of views since the beginning of the pandemic.”

VentureBeat: Bluetooth bracelets are an identity-blind option for digital contact tracing

VentureBeat: Bluetooth bracelets are an identity-blind option for digital contact tracing. “Bluetooth tags are standalone Bluetooth radios that can be deployed in wearable bracelets. Thanks to recent developments in IoT technology, Bluetooth bracelets can cost just a dollar or two and run for 10 years on a coin cell battery. Therefore, in areas where people don’t own or operate smartphones, governments can affordably deploy Bluetooth bracelets. Ideally, Bluetooth bracelets and smartphones can complement each other in enabling an effective digital tracing solution.”