War against COVID-19

After reading the article about Wuhan’s method of handling the case for the COVID-19 outbreak stating that the Chinese Communist Party declaring war which is people’s war against the epidemic will be what we should be doing in order to put an end to this deadly virus.

The people will be the only way to put an end of COVID-19 and not just what the Government alone can help. If some people do not listen or abide to the rules then it will still be spreading from human to human. It will depend on we as human beings to take it seriously how we want it to end with all the proper measures in place.

Simply put it as we must stand together and tackle this crisis with all necessary precautions to prevent further spreading. As long as each and everyone of us stand UNITED and do our parts, I am pretty sure that it can be over sooner. Spread the words to everyone as how one should be doing the right thing to avoid human to human’s spreading. Simple things like washing hands with soap for 20 seconds, quarantine yourself if not feeling well, wear masks, keep your distance, etc. All these precautions can help to prevent further spreading. If you have the symptoms of COVID-19, wear your mask and visit a doctor to confirm. Every little bit of things we do with precautions can help to prevent the spreading.

It is time for all Singaporeans to stand up for Singapore as a nation to combat this COVID-19 and put an end to it. We can do it together collectively. It is like a test in life where we can show the world we can cooperate with one another to fight against this deadly virus and helping our loved ones to be safe.

QR Code to download the TraceTogether apps

Download the TraceTogether app as to enable better contact tracing for Singaporeans to know if you are in contact with the unknown sources who is infected with COVID-19. Keep your loved ones safe for knowing if you are being exposed. Do it today and keep your family and loved ones safe.

TraceTogether app for COVID-19

TraceTogether app for contact tracing in Singapore

This mobile app had been launched on 20 March 2020 in the midst of outbreak of COVID-19 and quite a number of cases found to be infected from unknown sources. I hope that each and everyone of us will help to do our parts as to keep every person safe in the public places as installing this app will assist to do a great part of contact tracing since when you are roaming around without knowing who you are in contact with.

QR code for user to download TraceTogether

This is what I understand the functionality of this app as to allow users for proactive help in all contact tracing purposes. It only requires a mobile number with Bluetooth enabled smartphone. You just need to give consent during the setup with Bluetooth turn on including enabling push notifications and location permissions for it to work. The app will only work within a short distance apart between phones at a close proximity which will be 2 or up to 5 metres for 30 minutes.

All your encounters with unknown number of people will be stored in your phone and will not be sent to the authorities. This means that you will only be asked to share these records when asked by the MOH for the contact tracing investigations. As we understand that our current method of contact tracing are from those memories of interviewees which will be hard since you will also be in contact with people that you do not have their information. This app is not a replacement of contact tracing efforts instead it will be additional aid to contact users who had close contacts of COVID-19 in a faster manner.

This app helps to intervenes as poor memory will not be a problem to slow down the process of contact tracing which is a key part of strategy to limit local transmission of COVID-19 and speed up the process. With faster contact tracing process to identify people at risk will eventually limiting the spreading locally. This type of monitoring enables users to take necessary action faster for signs of flu like symptoms. As we understand that early detection actually aid to reduction of risk in spreading the virus and protect families and loved ones. Using this app for everyone will mean a better and more effective method of contact tracing as to reduce the risk of local transmission.

As we understand that this app comes with several layers of security and privacy safeguards which means users will only submit their mobile numbers and a user ID will be assigned. With this user ID to be used for generating temporary IDs at regular intervals for exchanged between phones of TraceTogether. This method of generating temporary IDs is for protecting users from eavesdropping and tracking. No personal detail like names will be collected as well as no access to user’s phone contact list or address book. This app does not collect or use the location data as of the GPS. This means the app will not be able to identify the location of exposure to COVID-19 but only establish who might be exposed to the virus in contact. This means that the location will only be established when doing the verbal interviews at that point of time. TraceTogether will encrypt the log file which will be stored in user’s phone. This log file does not contain user’s phone numbers instead it is a set of cryptographical generated temporary ID. This means the logs leave the owner’s phone when using the app to send information to authorities for facilitating the contact tracing. Even then, the authorities or MOH will have no knowledge of the user’s data until it is deciphered and analysed after user submit it. Other than that, it will only operate during the COVID-19 outbreaks and will cease when it is over as the app will prompt users to deactivate.

It is time for everyone to be united and help one another to trace as to bring an end to this deadly virus. Be safe and have a great day ahead.