Can Australia’s coronavirus contact tracing app COVIDSafe lift the country out of lockdown?

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To speed up the process of contacting people who may have been exposed to coronavirus, the Federal Government is asking Australians to download its new COVIDSafe app.

The more people use the app, the message goes, the faster we can slow the spread of the virus and the sooner we can lift restrictions and return to the pub.

“The first job of the COVIDSafe app is to keep you safe,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a press conference on Tuesday.

But how does a smartphone app that identifies who you’ve been near protect you from COVID-19?

Using an app to help disease contact tracing is largely unprecedented, so it’s hard to know how effective it will be or even which technology works best.

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Source: ABC News https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2020-05-06/coronavirus-contact-tracing-app-covid-safe-lockdown-lift/12217146