A WHO official told Reuters Friday that the organization plans this month to launch an application that enables people in resource-poor countries to assess whether they are infected with the emerging coronavirus, and is considering adding a feature to track Bluetooth-based contacts.

Bernardo Mariano) – Chief Information Officer at the World Health Organization: The application will ask people about their symptoms and will provide guidance on the possibility of (Covid-19) have them. Other information, such as how to take the test, will be customized, depending on the user’s country.

Although the World Health Organization will release a copy in the application stores worldwide, any government will be able to use the basic technology of the application, add features, and issue its own version in the application stores, Mariano said in a phone interview.

Several countries, such as: India, Australia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, have already released official applications using their own technology, with common features, including: telling people that they will be tested based on their symptoms, and recording people’s movements to enable them to track contacts more efficiently.

Many countries are intensifying contact tracking, which is the process of searching for individuals who have met a person who has been diagnosed with the aim of isolating them. This is vital for opening economies safely, and applications that automate parts of the process can speed up efforts.

The World Health Organization expects that its application will attract interest in other countries, such as: some countries in South America and Africa, where the number of cases is high, but it lacks the technology and engineers who are able to develop applications, or are struggling to provide tests and education.

The World Health Organization plans to issue guidance as early as next week, on issues that countries should consider during an evaluation of their communication-tracking applications. The organization also plans to issue an app next week to inform health workers around the world of best practices for wearing protective clothing, hand washing and virus treatment.