Several countries clung to technological practices to deal with the pandemic. Different applications have been created to help in the mitigation phase, to reduce the spread of the virus, and flatten the infected curve.
Technology has been very helpful in the midst of this pandemic for countries to control the virus.
A key ally has turned out to be technology in the midst of the pandemic that the entire world is experiencing due to covid-19. Several have been the countries that have clung to technological practices for mitigation, to reduce its spread, and to flatten the curve of infected.
The current situation that the world has experienced, which has entered quarantine in much of its territory, has led people to see technology as a powerful and fundamental weapon to combat the coronavirus since connectivity and access to technology are They have become the best allies both to help mitigate and prevent the virus and to be a necessary and important company and tool to cope with the days indoors.
Korea took the first step
One of the countries that made technology an important ally to flatten the growth curve of infected people was Korea, which found in an application a way to identify infected people and separate them.
Mobile applications were used as agile solutions to identify and control infected people within the country. With a small questionnaire, Korea implemented this strategy when it exceeded a thousand cases of contagion.
Through a mobile application, Koreans and other citizens residing in this country had to identify themselves and answer questions such as whether they had a cough, fever, or difficulty breathing. With this questionnaire and continuous monitoring during the quarantine, the health authorities of this country were able to collect fundamental information about those infected, make the epidemiological siege, and control the virus.
Other countries have implemented strategies similar to the one implemented in Korea. Uruguay, for example, launched a similar application and implemented coronavirus diagnostic tests at mobile points where users went in their vehicles and, without leaving them, the sample was taken.
Through the Coronavirus UY App, the patient obtained the appointment for the test. This application was later updated to implement a “telemedicine” system, in order to serve more people and reduce the risk of contagion among health personnel.
This new service was provided to take samples from people who previously had a doctor prescribed the test.
The update of the Coronavirus UY app also allowed the application of telemedicine and that patients could be controlled remotely, be attended by video call and each one enter their temperature or cough to avoid direct contact.
In addition, this app offers general information on the evolution of the virus in Uruguay and allowed the population with doubts to assess their situation by marking if they traveled to a risk country, was in contact with a confirmed case, or had symptoms.
Medellin takes care of me
Another of the countries that relied on technology to face this pandemic was Colombia. In Medellín, the Mayor’s Office implemented the Medellín Me Cuida platform to control citizens.
The Antioquia capital, noted for its great work facing the coronavirus, created this platform in which there was a form that had to be filled out in each of the homes, with the aim that the Municipal Administration could have the most essential data of its inhabitants and thus be able to make timely decisions on health, housing, and food issues during the contingency.
Since April 27, when some sectors of the economy were reactivated, this platform also received the registration of all the companies that were active in its activities and this, in turn, included each of its employees. A company that did not have the registration made could not start operating.
Imed, the APP of Chile
In Chile, an application similar to the one used by the Koreans was created, but this application does not require the provision of personal data, the monitoring is carried out on the cell phone, identifying it unequivocally through certain parameters of the operating system. The most relevant data required by the application are the age, morbidity, geolocation, and symptoms of the person associated with the phone.
Through the APP, users are connected with experts, receiving the care they need according to their health status and based on the symptoms manifested. According to their severity, the patient could receive recommendations and personalized information to carry out their treatment or quarantine, and access telemedicine if necessary. In addition, he could apply for a temporary incapacity leave for common illnesses.
Institutions can access up-to-date information on the progress of the virus in this country, as well as define a risk zone and heat map; follow up, and give traceability to infected people, which made it possible to implement and update more efficient action plans, particularly for health authorities.
Italy tested a tracking tool
Another of the countries that clung to technology to control the covid-19 was Italy, one of the main sources of the pandemic in the world, began to test a tool for tracing contacts with the virus to accelerate the exit of closure.
The proposal has been chosen by the country’s Data Protection Authority among the 319 tools presented. It is an application that does not work by means of GPS, the geolocation system of the mobile device, but by Bluetooth wireless technology, in addition, the data collected will be anonymous and, according to the authorities, must be eliminated once the end of the state of alert for the pandemic.
This App, which will allow tracking of those people who have previously tested positive, is used voluntarily, it works as a self-assessment and self-protection tool with respect to positives, it is a way to know when a person has been exposed to contagion.
The app, which was originally called Immuni, uses Bluetooth technology to record when users are in close proximity to each other. Thus, if someone tests positive for the coronavirus, the application could send an alert to users who have been in contact with the infected individual, recommending actions such as quarantine and virus tests while preserving anonymity.
Just like these, there are many other countries that have implemented applications and other technological practices to help them fight this virus.