Yve – Week Two

Yve is feeling worse compared to last week. After being in isolation for about fifty days she is struggling with some of the measures. If you want to know more about Yve, click here to read her bio.

Press the play button to find out what is so miserable according to Yve.

Current situation in Australia 01-05-2020

Things are changing in Australia, and overall things seem to go quite well. The death toll rises slowly, and in New South Wales, the Northern Territory and Tasmania there is an ease of the restrictions.

However, there are problems with community transmission in nursing homes. In a Sydney aged care facility, there have been thirteen people who passed away because of corona. In a Melbourne aged care home there now are five cases of the disease. The facility is in lockdown and everyone will get tested. It is unknown who patient zero was. The state Victoria (where Melbourne is situated) already has strict measures and these are not lifted.

In two days time there have only been a few new cases and deaths.

COVIDSafe App
Yve talks about a coronavirus tracing app that is now being used in her country. This app is called COVIDSafe, which helps to quickly contact people who have been exposed to the virus. It is voluntary to use, but on the website of the Australian Government Department of Health it says: ‘Downloading the app is something you can do to protect you, your family and friends and save the lives of other Australians. The more Australians connect to the COVIDSafe app, the quicker we can find the virus‘.

The app works with bluetooth. Phones take note of other app users that are nearby. The information, which is unaccesable for people, is encrypted and stored on a phone for 21 days. Once someone tests positive for COVID-19, the information can be given to state health officials. They can then easily reach out to the people who have been in contact with the patient. The collected information will be someone’s phone number, name, age range and postal code.

Privacy concerns
According to the government nobody has to be worried about their privacy when using the app. The only goal is to improve contact-tracing. The app will only show people who have been less than 1.5 meters from you, for longer than fifteen minutes. The information will be stored encrypted and securely, and there will be no live tracking. After the corona crisis all the data will be deleted.

Amazon hosts the data which is not ideal according to some people. Although Amazon has promised to keep the data safe, there is a catch. The 2018 US Cloud Act. Because of this law any data stored by an American cloud service is obtainable by the US law enforcement under a subpoena.

Extras
Watch this video if you want to know more about how the COVIDSafe App works.

Curious about what the US Cloud Act could mean for users of the corona app? Read this article.

Yve talked about how the government is funding schools to open quickly. For more information about this you can read this article.

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