The Science of Pandemic Technology
Co-Hosted with The Big Data Institute at The University of Oxford
The SwissCovid App:
Where do we stand after 10 months of operation?
The SwissCovid app was released in Switzerland on May 25, 2020 as the world’s first exposure notification app issued by a governmental public health authority. In this talk, we will briefly cover the beginnings and design decisions of the underlying protocol. We will then present the experiences gained during the first 10 months of SwissCovid operation. Specific topics touched upon in this part include the monitoring system and key performance indicators, the strategy and results of effectiveness analyses, as well as challenges (especially during the second pandemic wave) and resulting performance adjustments. The third presentation part provides an outlook of ongoing and planned extensions such as the integration of the crowdNotifier protocol for decentralized presence tracing.
Meet The Speakers
Viktor von Wyl
Viktor holds a Master in Biology (University of Basel) and a PhD in Epidemiology (ETH Zurich). He has worked as an epidemiologist for HIV cohorts at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C , the University Hospital Zurich and the University College London.
In 2014, Viktor joined the University of Zurich as Director of the Swiss Multiple Sclerosis Registry. In April 2020 he was promoted to Assistant Professor of Digital and Mobile Health. Viktor also serves as a member of the Swiss National COVID-19 Science Task Force Digital Epidemiology group and leads the digital follow-up cohort of the Swiss Corona Immunitas seroprevalence project.
Marcel is a digital epidemiologist working at the interface of health and computer science. Educated at the University of Basel and ETH Zurich, he’s worked at Stanford and Penn State University before joining EPFL as Associate Professor in 2015. In 2020, Marcel led the digital epidemiology group of the Swiss National COVID-19 Science Task Force and co-authored the DP-3T and CrowdNotifier protocols for digital contact tracing.
Coordinating Committee Co-Chairs
Joanna Masel, PhD
Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at The University of Arizona
Luca Ferretti, PhD
Senior Researcher in Statistical Genetics and Pathogen DynamicsBig Data Institute, The University of Oxford
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Topics for future presentations and panel discussions
Contributors to this series include some of the leading experts in exposure science, epidemiology, virology, public health, infectious disease, Bluetooth technology, pathogen dynamics, health communications, behavioral economics, privacy, cybersecurity and digital health innovation.
Evaluating the efficacy of digital proximity tracing and exposure notification apps
Risk Scoring Models
Protocols for establishing risk thresholds for exposure notifications
Effective communications strategies to drive app adoption, foster public trust, and promote behavior change
When to Quarantine
Cost-benefit analysis of quarantine guidelines
Ethics & Health Equity
Ethical frameworks and health equity considerations for pandemic technology innovation
Microbial exposure science of modes of transmission of SARS-CoV-2: Implications for risk assessment and prevention
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