Like many countries across the world, South Africa’s National Department of Health has used Apple and Google’s exposure notification framework to build our country’s new Bluetooth contact-tracing app for COVID-19. The tech giants have, since April this year, worked together to develop a framework for governments, public health authorities and NGOs around the world to use, to custom-build local apps, and ultimately to empower ordinary citizens to work together to protect each other from COVID-19 infection.
South Africa’s Bluetooth contract-tracing app - COVID Alert SA – is now available for iOS and Android smartphones and can help tell you if you’ve been exposed to the COVID-19 virus.
The app is user-friendly all the way. User privacy and security are core to the Apple-Google framework on which the COVID Alert SA app has been built. That means app users are anonymous and the app never asks for, or stores their identifying personal details, or location.
Discovery clients can download the COVID Alert SA app from their Discovery app
“The more South African smartphone users download and use this app, the more effective it becomes in helping users to keep their loved ones safe from COVID-19. Ultimately the app becomes part of our individual efforts to help our country to overcome the pandemic,” says CEO of Discovery Health, Dr Ryan Noach.
“Discovery has steadfastly supported our government’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 and worked to help all South Africans to remain as safe and healthy as possible. That’s why we are calling on all our clients to download and use this ground-breaking app and accelerate our country towards a giant leap in turning the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“Our clients can simply log into their Discovery app and click on the link to download the new COVID Alert SA app.”