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Scottish Government Covid 19 Advisory Group minutes: 10 August 2020

Published: 24 Aug 2020
Date of meeting: 10 Aug 2020

A note of the twenty-ninth meeting of the COVID-19 Advisory Group held on 10 August 2020.

24 Aug 2020
Scottish Government Covid 19 Advisory Group minutes: 10 August 2020

Items and actions

The Advisory Group welcomed officials from the Scottish Government who gave a presentation on the Proximity Tracing App for Scotland. This app will focus on using Bluetooth technology to anonymously alert users if they have been in close contact with another user who has tested positive for covid-19. 

The Proximity Tracing App will be a tool that will complement the existing person to person contact tracing, which will remain the main component of NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect system. Group members had the opportunity to ask questions on the content and messaging of the app.  

Officials noted that use of the app will be voluntary. Group members highlighted the benefits of a large uptake of this app. 

The Advisory Group then received a presentation on new testing technologies. Group members recognised the potential of new technologies which may allow the turnaround time for tests to be reduced. The group also discussed the potential implications this could have in patient-facing settings. 

The group noted a paper on aerosol transmission of covid-19 from SAGE and support the conclusions reached in this paper.