By WeHealth
on December 11, 2020

After Successful Pilot, WeHealth Bermuda Now Available for all Residents and Visitors

By WeHealth
on December 01, 2020

WeHealth is thrilled to announce the launch of a new seminar series in collaboration with the University of Oxford’s Big Data Institute: The Science of Pandemic Technology.

Our first event is a presentation and discussion with Dr. Luca Ferretti, the lead author of a seminal study published in Science demonstrating the potential effectiveness of digital contact tracing mobile apps. He will be presenting his latest research on the transmission dynamics of COVID-19.

Topic: The timing of SARS-CoV-2 transmission and viral load dynamics
Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 2020
9 AM PST / 12 PM EST
Registration: Register for this free webinar here

Description: Understanding the timing of COVID-19 transmission is key to assess the risk of transmission in the context of both manual and digital contact tracing. Dr. Ferretti will present a detailed analysis of the risk of transmission at different times post infections, integrating data from multiple contact tracing studies. The peak of transmission is closely linked to the onset of symptoms, but the profile of pre-symptomatic infectiousness depends on the length of the incubation period. The infectiousness profile is also strongly dependent on the viral load dynamics during infections. He will present a combined model of individual viral load and infectiousness, informed by multiple datasets, with the aim to elucidate the relation between these two key aspects of SARS-CoV-2 infections.

About the Presenter: Dr. Luca Ferretti is a Senior Researcher in Pathogen Dynamics at the Big Data Institute, University of Oxford. His research focuses on the interplay of epidemiology, genetics, evolution and within-host dynamics in HIV and other viral pathogens such as FMDV, ASF and SARS-CoV-2. He is a member of the task-force against COVID-19 of the Italian Ministry of Innovation and the Test & Trace program in the UK, and has actively supported the development of contact-tracing apps in Italy, England and Wales. 

By WeHealth
on November 24, 2020

In an effort to boost the country’s economy and comfortably welcome tourists back to the island, the Ministry of Health in Bermuda released the WeHealth Bermuda app to serve as an additional strategy to help fight the spread of COVID-19. With a population of more than 60,000 residents, Bermuda typically sees hundreds of thousands of tourists each year and the WeHealth Bermuda app will expand the government’s ability to trace potential exposures and expedite efforts to slow the spread. 

Sameer Halai
By Sameer Halai
on October 16, 2020
In the first weeks of 2020, as the coronavirus began to rapidly spread around the world, some people, including myself, soon realized that many of the technologies deployed to fight the pandemic were also posing a threat – to our privacy. Becoming concerned about the mass surveillance-enabling digital contract tracing technology emerging in some countries, a grassroots group of people came together to start a project to help preserve civil liberties during the pandemic. What started as an independent research collaboration between Stanford University and the University of Waterloo became a collaboration of hundreds of volunteers spanning borders and time zones, unified by a desire to create positive change.

I’m honored to have been part of the global movement of technology and public health experts who came together virtually to develop the world’s first privacy-preserving mobile app, Covid Watch, using Bluetooth proximity networks. Our work led the way for industry giants Google and Apple to release a joint protocol for anonymous exposure notification.

The team who helped develop the Covid Watch app were foundational to the development of exposure notification technology – we’re experts on it – and by having helped invent this approach, we are best positioned to move the privacy-preserving technology forward for a global solution.

That’s why I formed WeHealth as a public benefit corporation in August 2020, to bring our best practices from human-centered design and technology to continue creating innovative digital solutions for the benefit of our collective public health. At WeHealth, we envision a future with greatly improved communication between individuals and health experts to increase resilience to present and future public health concerns.

We’ve already achieved a lot together with our partners in a short amount of time, and we’re just getting started. I hope you’ll follow along by subscribing to this blog. Or even better, join us.
By Covid Watch
on September 18, 2020

How testing Covid Watch led to the most sophisticated exposure notification app available anywhere– a digital tool capable of fighting the pandemic in more ways than one.

By Covid Watch
on August 19, 2020
Available now in the App Store and Google Play, the first-ever exposure notification app using an evidence-based dynamic risk model begins a phased rollout at the University of Arizona and distinguishes itself from competing platforms in the process.