When the Cayman Islands re-open to tourism in September, they require a negative Covid-19 PCR test from within 72 hours of flying and will offer arriving passengers a choice:
- 14 day quarantine in government facility
- 5 day quarantine at their own accommodation
- Wear a ‘biobutton’ for 14 days, and take a Covid-19 test five days after arrival
The biobutton that lets tourists avoid quarantine will “passively monitor incoming travellers for early symptoms associated with COVID-19.” The device monitors heart and respiratory rate as well as skin temperature.
The health sensors communicate via Bluetooth with the BioMobile™ smartphone app as well as BioHubs, which can be placed at the wearer’s accommodations to monitor the user’s whereabouts during a period of self-isolation.
Proximity and duration to other BioButton devices can be reported to enhance contact tracing programmes.
The government hasn’t yet said how they’ll protect medical privacy or what they’ll charge for the ‘biobutton’ option.