The SwissCovid App: Where do we stand after 10 months of operation?

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 6 PM CET

SPT - 2021 Apr Video


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.


Co-hosted with The Big Data Institute at
The University of Oxford

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.... Read more


Marcel Salathé

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... Read more


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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