COVIDSafe app vital in second-wave defence, scientist says

Professor Stephen Turner
Professor Stephen Turner

Using the Government’s COVIDSafe app, and quickly identifying contacts when a case of coronavirus is detected, is vital to preventing another large cluster in Australia’s aged care homes, Monash BDI’s Professor Stephen Turner has told The Weekly Source. An expert on viral infections, Professor Turner said that limiting an expected ‘second wave’ of the virus in aged care will depend on people maintaining hygiene and physical distancing. Australia has an advantage as it built up its ICU capacity to 3,500 beds but contact tracing was the most critical part of stamping out the virus – and that means using the Federal Government’s COVIDSafe app, he said. “It is clear from other jurisdictions, Germany, the UK for example, that electronic contact tracing really does work and helps get on top of this thing much more quickly.”