[SystemSafety] NHS COVID-19 Contact Tracing App

Jeremy Rosen jeremy.rosen7 at gmail.com
Wed May 6 15:43:30 CEST 2020

What are the costs of a national tracing app? I'd suggest that most
developed countries can manage to pull data off tracing apps without any
detrimental effect to their contact tracing resourcing. It should in fact
be an additional tool in the contact tracing arsenal. It won't get every
contact but will certainly get some.

In any case the data's unlikely to exist yet for comprehensive analyses
before trying it out. The current tracking app campaigns run in each
country will be the dataset for future epidemics.

In Australia we're at 5 million downloads in a population of 25 million in
a week. I hope it succeeds.

Jeremy Rosen

6 May 2020, 8:57 pm Pekka Pihlajasaari, <pekka at data.co.za> wrote:

> While a ubiquitous implementation embedded as a mandatory component in a
> mobile phone may provide the desired outcome, hoping for this during a
> rapidly unfolding epidemic seems an opportunistic response by politicians
> and administrators who misjudged their initial response and are trying to
> recover.
> Is this not time that epidemiologists determine the level of compliance
> required in a voluntary system to provide more than virtue signalling?
> The public efforts to promote these technologies seem to contain no
> economic analysis of the costs and benefits of these approaches. The
> opportunity cost of withdrawing resources from traditional contact tracing
> (which is known to work) appears to receive no consideration.
> Regards
> Pekka Pihlajasaari
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