Analysis: When society begins to open up and the virus is less pervasive, a more nuanced approach towards contact tracing apps may be appropriate, but even that approach brings challenges.

First published on RTÉ Brainstorm, on Thursday, 08 April, 2021.

Contact tracing - where close contacts of known, positive, Covid-19 cases are identified, contacted and asked to self-isolate/get tested - is seen as an integral part of the fight against the spread of the virus. Digital contact tracing apps are seen as a vital component of that effort. These apps typically compliment the manual contact tracing effort by informing people who have downloaded the app, near-instantaneously, of any close contacts they have had with any Covid-19-positive individuals (who have also downloaded the app).

Read the full article by Dr Jim Buckley of Lero and Dr Cristiano Storni, UL.