How app and dig­i­tal ser­vice can help keep our com­mu­nity safe

The Advertiser - - NEWS | CORONAVIRU­S PANDEMIC - MICHAEL CU­SACK DR MICHAEL CU­SACK IS DEPUTY CHIEF PUB­LIC HEALTH OF­FI­CER

SOUTH Aus­tralia has be­come a global leader in its coro­n­avirus re­sponse.

Our world-class health work­ers, pathol­ogy unit and con­tract-trac­ers have been the driv­ing force in our fight against COVID-19.

But tech­nol­ogy has a role to play, and there are two in­no­va­tions that can help keep you safe from your pocket.

COVID­Safe is a new Aus­tralia-wide app that can help slow the spread of the virus by speed­ing up our con­tact-trac­ing process. The app traces its users and will no­tify you if you have been in con­tact with an­other user who tests pos­i­tive for coro­n­avirus. This means we can alert you if you may have been ex­posed to the virus much more quickly, help­ing to keep you, your fam­ily and com­mu­nity safe from fur­ther spread. It will also play a part in ad­just­ing COVID-19 re­stric­tions, so we can get back to our day-to-day lives as soon as pos­si­ble.

The app can only trace and in­form those who have down­loaded it, so the more of us who con­nect to COVID­Safe, the quicker health au­thor­i­ties can find the virus.

I want to see South Aus­tralians con­tinue to lead the way in our re­sponse to the pan­demic, and I urge you all to in­stall the app to­day. You can rest as­sured the app is com­pletely safe for you and your fam­ily to use. It will never track your lo­ca­tion and it has been de­vel­oped to en­sure your in­for­ma­tion and pri­vacy is strictly pro­tected.

COVID­Safe is not the first dig­i­tal tool we have adopted. Last week, SA Pathol­ogy launched a new dig­i­tal health ser­vice that al­lows South Aus­tralians to ac­cess their COVID-19 test re­sults sooner.

Since its launch, the ser­vice has de­liv­ered over 2300 re­sults. Im­por­tantly, as 99 per cent of pa­tients re­turn nega­tive re­sults, it is giv­ing fam­i­lies early peace of mind that they are not in­fected and are able to stop self-iso­lat­ing.

As test­ing for the virus con­tin­ues, I en­cour­age any­one at­tend­ing a COVID-19 clinic to opt in for the new, ef­fi­cient ser­vice.

You can down­load COVID­Safe from your usual app store.

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