Elderly home turns to wearables for contact tracing, sidestepping Apple-Google limits

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OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) – When a senior living facility in Amarillo, Texas suspected a nurse may have caught the novel coronavirus this month, it had a list within five minutes of staff and residents the nurse could have infected.

A photo illustration provided by CarePredict shows an individual wearing the company’s Tempo wearable wristband, which is being used in some U.S. senior care facilities for automated contact tracing. CarePredict/Handout via REUTERS

High-tech wristbands worn by The Legacy at Town Square’s 35 workers and 49 residents expedited contact tracing, the otherwise pain-staking process of interviewing patients to determine who crossed paths

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Sweden boosts elderly care spending as coronavirus death toll rises

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The Swedish government said the funding boost should be enough to fund training for 10,000 people.

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The Swedish government has pledged to spend an additional 2.2 billion Swedish krona ($226 million) on care for the elderly, as its death toll from the coronavirus continues to rise. 

Sweden’s government said Tuesday the funds would be used for the education and training of careworkers for the elderly.

This comes as Sweden, which controversially resisted a full lockdown, has seen the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus rise to 27,272 and its death toll reach 3,313, according to the latest figures

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