Corona-Warn-App: Oxford researcher warns against complacency

The people in Germany should not subside in spite of the successful launch of derCorona-Warning App in their precautions against – the renowned immunologist Lucie has pointed out Abeler-Dörner from the Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford.

“The outbreaks in Gütersloh and Göttingen show that the danger is not yet over, and that it is important that outbreaks recognize it as soon as possible.”

Abeler-Dörner was simulated with other researchers in a study, such as a contact tracking-App against the spread of the Coronavirus that can help.

They came to the conclusion that a Tracing application then starts as soon as at least 15 percent of the population participate.

Then infection could be chains, and infections prevented, interrupted. Without any further measure of protection such as respiratory masks or safety distance of 60 percent would be necessary to show a significant effect.

The number of Downloads of the German Corona-Warning App on Friday increased to 13.3 million, representing 16 percent of the population.

German Corona App could make big contribution

Against the Background of the dispute in the UK, a suitable concept of a Tracing App, the researcher said, regardless of the System used, the success of an App depends, above all, how many people in a Region to participate.

“The German App had a really good Start. I hope that with each new user, another user is inspired to download the App, and to protect his friends and family.” The German App is the best way to assist in the detection of outbreaks as a contribution.

In the UK, the government had stopped about one week a test run of the national health service, NHS, to develop a Tracing App. The NHS App is not put on the technical Foundation of Apple and Google.

You made especially on the Apple iPhone virtually unusable, because the App must not run in the Background, to Bluetooth signals.

The NHS App is sent every 20 seconds signals, while the Corona-Warning-App of the Robert Koch Institute, transmits only every two and a half to five minutes. In the British test-run could be determined, therefore, the duration of contact is comparatively exactly. At the same time, the NHS-application-loaded the battery of the Smartphones is much stronger than the German App.

German App as a flagship model

On Tuesday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Keir Starmer had delivered in the British house of Commons into a shouting match: Johnson asked the leader of the opposition whether he “could name a single country”, that a “purpose of contact-tracking App” have. The Labour leader replied spontaneously: “Germany!”

The German Ambassador in London, Andreas Michaelis, said on Friday on Twitter that he had met with the British health Minister, Matt Hancock, to talk about a possible collaboration. “The experts have stepped up their contacts and want to go forward together,” – said in his Tweet.

Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa)

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