Journal article

Young Adults View Smartphone Tracking Technologies for COVID-19 as Acceptable: The Case of Taiwan

Paul M Garrett, YuWen Wang, Joshua P White, Shulan Hsieh, Carol Strong, Yi-Chan Lee, Stephan Lewandowsky, Simon Dennis, Cheng-Ta Yang

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH | MDPI | Published : 2021

Abstract

Taiwan has been successful in controlling the spread of SARS-CoV-2 during the COVID-19 pandemic; however, without a vaccine the threat of a second outbreak remains. Young adults who show few to no symptoms when infected have been identified in many countries as driving the virus' spread through unidentifiable community transmission. Mobile tracking technologies register nearby contacts of a user and notifies them if one later tests positive to the virus, potentially solving this issue; however, the effectiveness of these technologies depends on their acceptance by the public. The current study assessed attitudes towards three tracking technologies (telecommunication network tracking, a gover..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by the National Cheng Kung University to C.-T.Y. and Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST 108-2321-B-006-022-MY2 and MOST 110-2321-B-006-004 to C.-T.Y. and S.H.).