The Borneo Post (Sabah)

NZ trials ‘early warning’ virus app at border


WELLINGTON: New Zealand border workers on Thursday began trialling a monitoring app designed to detect coronaviru­s before the user develops any noticeable symptoms, in what is believed to be a world first.

The app, ‘elarm’, connects to wearable devices such as fitness trackers and smart watches, using artificial intelligen­ce to check variables such as heart rate and temperatur­e for tell-tale signs of Covid-19.

The developer, New Zealand based Datamine, claims it can detect the virus with 90 per cent accuracy up to three days before the appearance of symptoms such as coughing, breathing difficulti­es and fatigue.

The health department said it could provide a vital early warning for workers at the border who face the most risk of exposure to the virus, now virtually only seen in arriving internatio­nal travellers.

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