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The ethics of instantaneous contact tracing using mobile phone apps in the control of the COVID-19 pandemic

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In this paper we discuss ethical implications of the use of mobile phone apps in the control of the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact tracing is a well-established feature of public health practice during infectious disease outbreaks and epidemics. However, the high proportion of pre-symptomatic transmission in COVID-19 means that standard contact tracing methods are too slow to stop the progression of infection through the population. To address this problem, many countries around the world have de...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1136/medethics-2020-106314

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
Nuffield Department of Population Health
Sub department:
Population Health
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
NDM
Sub department:
Big Data Institute
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Author
ORCID:
0000-0003-2399-9657
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
NDM
Sub department:
Big Data Institute
Role:
Author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
NDM
Sub department:
Big Data Institute
Role:
Author
Publisher:
BMJ
Journal:
Journal of Medical Ethics More from this journal
Volume:
46
Issue:
7
Pages:
427-431
Publication date:
2020-05-04
Acceptance date:
2020-04-23
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EISSN:
1473-4257
ISSN:
0306-6800
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1102206
Local pid:
pubs:1102206
Deposit date:
2020-04-28

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