US Coronavirus Tracking App to Save Lives, Healthcare System and Economy

US Coronavirus Tracking App to Save Lives, Healthcare System and Economy

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Let's face it. We are at a human history defining moment. The US could and can better prepare for the coronavirus outbreak. It could affect everyone on the planet: Tom Hanks, Peter Dutton (Australia’s minister for Home Affairs), tens of thousands of people infected, you, me and our love ones. Virus knows no borders, no races, no ages, no social statuses... It is closer than we think. 

Look at what's happening: school closing, social activities cancelling, quarantining, economy stalling and stock market free falling.

We are not getting enough test kits and there were even issues with test kits: https://www.factcheck.org/2020/03/the-facts-on-coronavirus-testing/

As in risk management, we NEED a comprehensive plan that can Avoid and Mitigate the risk. It is too risky and un-reasonable to Accept even an approximate 1% of death rate (under investigation), given how contagious the virus is. (https://www.factcheck.org/2020/03/trump-and-the-coronavirus-death-rate/

By having an App similar to the one that's used in China, we can work one aspect:  Avoiding the increase of infected population so that we don't overwhelm our medical system; prevent medical staffs of making the hard choice of who to save; reduce further infection by waiting in the hospital to be checked (people can exercise self quarantine). BTW, look at the protective gears other countries have and how quickly they build hospitals. Are our hospitals equipped to handle major outbreaks?

Understood that there is strong privacy concern but it will be on voluntary base and people can turn off certain tracking features anytime. Software companies can also have an unique privacy policy for this "app" and can delete all collected information once this is over. I believe the benefits outweigh the drawbacks in this historical moment. WE need to act quick and all contribute as one human to save lives, our lives.

So here, we strongly urge cell phone platforms and the government to push a COVID-19 tracking app to prevent an exponent growth of infection so that it can buy the government and medical systems precious time to contain, prevent, test and cure the disease.  

 

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