Applications to track COVID-19 are interconnected in Europe: what does this mean?

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2020 is being an extremely rare year both in Spain and in the rest of the world, and COVID-19 is largely to blame. To help curb the spread of the virus, all help is little, and the development of an API by Google and Apple that works on practically any modern smartphone and that can be adapted by the governments of each country.

In the case of Spain, the application created has been Radar COVID, an app whose main challenge today is to get everyone to install it and to notify the positives if they exist. But it is not the only difficulty it has, and the European Union has just announced a change that should affect all applications on European territory.

Apps to track COVID-19 are now interconnected

When Google and Apple defined their API so that each government could create its own application, they missed a very important detail. The applications are only valid for each country, and there is no standard interconnection between the system implemented by Spain, France, the United States or whatever country.

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Although it does not seem like such a serious problem, it really leaves aside a fundamental factor in the tracking of the coronavirus, and that is that it is impossible to receive notifications of exposure from those who come from abroad. If a person who is doing tourism or living temporarily in our country (or if we are in yours) tests positive, their health system is unable to send notifications to our country.

This will change from now on, as the European Union has created an interconnection system so that all systems are able to communicate and send the notification of exposure to other people who have been close to us, even if we are in another country.

Tracking applications are expected to connect to the Brussels gateway between October and November, and an update to the application will be required.

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