Last Updated: 16/06/20 8:11pm
Digital health passports could help get football fans back through Premier League turnstiles, in line with the company undertaking tests for the league.
English football returns in empty stadiums on Wednesday after over 3 months of Covid-19 lockdown.
Genetic testing and digital health company Prenetics, also called CircleDNA, announced on Tuesday the launch of what it said was the initial such Covid-19 offering for sports.
The company has tested 8,687 Premier League players and staff for the virus within requirements for the go back to action.
Avi Lasarow, Prenetics’ leader for the EMEA region, said that digital health passports also offered the potential for in the course of time allowing matches to be played facing spectators again.
“I think it’s going to be a big game-changer in terms of linking Covid-19 testing results… to a digital access mechanism based on biometrics and other such factors,” that he said in a Zoom interview.
“With any innovation, you’re always thinking about what the end goal is… in the world of sport it’s about getting fans back into the stadium.”
“You could see a position whereby fans scan their health passport information very securely to determine whether their test is valid and they have a negative Covid-19 result.”
The digital health passport is a web-based platform that presents a person’s Covid-19 testing status and history by scanning a QR code to secure use of any venues where safety is a concern.
Participants would enrol via email and upload a profile photograph to be verified by the sponsoring club before they could unlock your own code. The health passport will then be accessible via mobile phone.
The cost of regular testing has been highlighted as an obstacle for some fans, however.
Lasarow said the passport could also be used by employers keen to get employees back to work, with Prenetics recently securing a contract in the aviation sector.