Did you know that the Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto (ISPUP) in cooperation with the Institute of Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science (INESC TEC) and the spin-offs Keyruptive and Ubirider, developed an app called STAYAWAY COVID? This app was chosen by the Portuguese government and health authorities as the national application for digital screening of COVID-19.
The StayAway Covid app aims to identify potential exposures to people infected with Covid-19 is now available for download on iOS and Android.
The use of the app launched by the Government is voluntary, free and anonymous, and aims to function as a complementary tool to contain the expansion of the Covid-19 pandemic.
How does the StayAway Covid app work?
The operation is simple: each user who has tested positive can enter the test code in the app. After validation by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), the application will alert other users who have been close to the infected user - for 15 minutes or more - without ever revealing their identity, their contacts or those of other users.
When there is no record of proximity contacts with a high risk of contagion, the app's homepage displays a green color that will change to yellow whenever the user has been close to someone diagnosed with Covid-19.
The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) is the entity responsible for managing the system and ensuring that data processing respects European and national legislation.
All requirements, recommendations and guidelines of the National Data Protection Commission were considered and accepted. Only the codes of infected people are shared, which do not allow them to be identified, who want to warn those with whom they have been in contact.
Stayaway Covid will soon be integrated with those of other European countries that operate according to the same model within the technical group eHealth Network and can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play.
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