The COVID-19 International Research Team has partnered with RealNetworks to make the free MaskCheck™ app available on Android and iOS platforms
The COVID-19 International Research Team is a highly-regarded global community of scientists driving research into COVID-19 using a large consortium open science model to efficiently and rapidly improve our understanding of COVID-19. RealNetworks, building upon its roots in video technology and leadership in SAFR computer vision, developed the MaskCheck computer vision-based solution to help public officials gather real-time, accurate behavioral face mask compliance data.
“The first goal of COVID-19 International Research Team is to enhance public knowledge by cutting edge scientific research to reveal host infection dynamics for SARS-CoV-2 to ultimately improve medical treatment options for COVID-19 patients. In partnering with RealNetworks to distribute and encourage the use of MaskCheck to monitor and analyze face mask compliance, we are on our way to improving control of this pandemic,” stated Afshin Beheshti, PhD, Co-President of the COVID-19 International Research Team.
“RealNetworks is honored to be working with the COVID-19 International Research Team to bring MaskCheck to market,” said Rob Glaser, founder and CEO of RealNetworks. “Together we believe that one of the fastest ways to stop the spread of the coronavirus is for everyone to simply wear a face mask. It is our joint hope that thousands of locations worldwide will soon quickly deploy MaskCheck. This will encourage use of face masks and provide data that will help municipalities and businesses understand what is actually happening in their locations and communities, will inform both private actions and policy making, and will help make the world safer.”
On November 10th, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a scientific brief that “recommends community use of masks, specifically non-valved multi-layer cloth masks, to prevent transmission of SARS-CoV-2.” On December 4th, the CDC made an even stronger argument for the “universal use of face masks in indoor (non-household) settings”. The COVID-19 International Research Team and RealNetworks both believe that mask compliance is an essential part of helping our communities lower COVID transmission and stay safer.
How does MaskCheck fit into the COVID-19 International Research Team’s platform to reduce the spread of COVID-19?
- One of the goals for the COVID-19 International Research Team is to reduce the spread of COVID-19 through raising public awareness and knowledge. MaskCheck is aligned with this goal to allow the public, institutions, schools, and businesses to have the best policies in place to increase mask compliance to further reduce the spread of COVID-19.
- Another goal is to provide free resources and tools that can benefit society as a whole and provide a real impact with dealing with pandemics, such as COVID-19. MaskCheck will be a free tool that will allow the general public to deal with pandemics such as COVID-19.
- Lastly, by bringing awareness of proper COVID-19 protocols for the public to follow, MaskCheck will allow ordinary citizens and the scientific community to unite for one common goal: to help end this pandemic quickly and prepare for future pandemics.
More information on our partnership can be found at: www.cov-irt.org/MaskCheck