You may have received the following announcement from Team TraceTogether on 1 April about TraceTogether v2.7, detailing some new features in the app:
TraceTogether v2.7 is now out!
In support of Singapore's VacciNation campaign, we now display your COVID Health Status in an easy-to-view way. At a glance, see your vaccination status (don't forget to wait 14 days after your 2nd shot for full effectiveness) and whether you might have been exposed to coronavirus patients.
We are also proud to announce the results of our technology collaboration with the National Genomic Test Laboratory to bring you a 5-min COVID Breath Test, built into TraceTogether! All you need to do is cough onto the charging port of your phone. (See how-to illustration here; please remember to sanitise your phone after each test.)
So, remember to download the latest version of TraceTogether, and keep your app updated to benefit from new improvements to community-driven contact tracing!
TraceTogether, safer together!
P.S. Sharing is caring, let your friends know about these improvements today!
Kudos to you if you were somewhat skeptical about the "COVID Breath Test", or wondered about the fictitious National Genomic Test Laboratory. This message was simply part of an April Fool's prank by Team TraceTogether, and the follow-up message some users received was:
Happy April Fool's!
On a more serious note, thank you for updating your app. The vaccine status display, from version 2.7 of the app onwards, is a newly released feature and we hope you find it useful.
As for the breath test, while your phone charging port certainly has no medical function, a Singapore startup is in fact working to roll out more rapid breath tests for COVID. Read below for more details. Stay safe and stay healthy!
As noted above, it is indeed true that the TraceTogether app was recently updated to incorporate a vaccine status display feature, as a preview of additional features in support of Singapore's vaccine campaign. To benefit from this, and future features related to the national vaccination campaign, we encourage you to download and keep your TraceTogether app current and updated. If you don't already have the app, you can download it from your respective app store here.
As for the COVID Breath Test, while it is entirely fictitious, fact can sometimes be stranger than fiction: there is in fact a breath test for COVID that has been developed! And it doesn't take 5 minutes -- it produces a result in 60 seconds! Much as we hope to encourage our users to keep their apps updated in a light-hearted way, we also wanted to tip our hats to the efforts of other innovative teams working on solutions to combat COVID-19 that will help us regain normalcy sooner. COVID-19 is a global, generational crisis; defeating it will require us to come together in big and small ways, and we are proud of all the ways our fellow innovators in Singapore are stepping forward to meet the challenge.