KTs Shine app adds support for COVID-19
Gates Foundation Infectious Disease Research Collaboration
Incentivize use by paying points
Its a pity that the function cant follow the quarantine policy. The Shine app informs you of the Corona 19 confirmed status around you based on location information.
I tried using KTs Shine app, which informs Corona 19 information and helps self-diagnosis. It has a neat UI, so it was easy to use without having to search for how to use it. The ‘motivation’ of giving a gift card by paying points for using the app was also impressive. However, the low accessibility and functions that did not keep pace with the rapidly changing quarantine policy left a disappointment.
Shine is a project that predicts the risk and spread of COVID-19 in collaboration with KT, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Korea University Medical Center. It collects COVID-19 data and creates an infectious disease prediction algorithm through the Shine app. When the Shine app was first released in April 2021, the scope of research was limited to the flu, but on the 15th, it was expanded and reorganized to Corona 19.
Corona 19 self-check screen of Shine app.
At the same time as registering as a member, I was able to see a message asking to agree to the collection of location information. When you agree, the status of confirmed COVID-19 around you, which consists of two categories, Risk and Nearby, is displayed. Through the risk level, you can check the risk of infection based on user movement over the past week.
In My Nearby Items, it shows the current and cumulative confirmed cases of the current app access location. The current status of COVID-19 outbreak in Korea and vaccination status were also displayed in bar graphs. Hazardous location types can also be identified. Karaoke rooms, restaurants, public baths, shops, and cafes are introduced as the most dangerous places.
I stayed in Jongno-gu, Seoul for one day. Today, the number of confirmed cases and the cumulative number of confirmed cases was confirmed, but the risk based on the movement was measured as low. Due to the change in the governments quarantine policy, tracking of the confirmed persons movement was stopped, so the risk was not properly measured. In some cases, the operating hours of some clinics were not properly updated, such as “00:00”.
After self-check, it measures and informs you of the risk of COVID-19.
In the ‘Shine’ app, points are paid if you enter various information such as whether or not you have been vaccinated.
I tried Corona 19 self-check. It is a method of measuring the risk by recording the underlying disease and current symptoms. The self-check history is stored for 14 days to analyze the mid- to long-term risk level. Vaccination history and PCR test results can also be registered. The data entered in this way is used for research on the development of detailed COVID-19 self-check technology and spread prediction models. Points are also awarded for each input of information. 500 points for self-check, 2000 points for vaccination history registration, and 4000 points for PCR test result registration. If you reach 10,000 points, you can receive a CJ gift card by registered post office.
The method of paying the points was interesting, but it was also disappointing. First of all, it is not easy to install the app. Shine can only be installed on the Apple App Store or One Store. Due to Google and government policy, it is not possible to download from Google Play. The fact that one of the key functions, movement tracking, does not work properly due to changes in government policy also lowers its utilization. As the purpose of developing the app was not to prevent COVID-19, but to study long-term infectious diseases, continuous investment and improvement seemed necessary.