At this point in the dramatic development of the pandemic of the coronavirus, it seems evident that the only effective solution is the isolation of radical and confinement of the citizens to prevent an exponential growth of the infection. China, Italy and now Spain, are living in difficult situations and distressing counting the dead by the hundreds while the health care system begins to become saturated in certain areas. However, a country highly affected by the pandemic, South Korea, has managed to reverse the figures of contagion, and has reached a control that has become a model for all of How what has been achieved? Through an app on your phone.
No, we are not saying that an application is given with the key to stop the pandemic, but thanks to its use, it has managed to keep people in their homes and without the possibility of spreading the COVID-19. The brilliant idea has been the party of the ministry of interior Korean that has developed a mobile application that enables those affected (and to newcomers to the country) to communicate their symptoms constantly, and what is the most interesting, stay in touch with the infected by the coronavirus by using the GPS on their phones.
Information and control, but zero contact
The authorities of that country have been quick to understand that the key to tackling the pandemic is the total isolation, and what was pursued through the development of this app is that the affected non-polluting elements (as it is known, a single person is able to initiate a focus of infection without control).
What is the application exactly? The first thing to understand is that its use, at least for the locals, it is voluntary, but the koreans have embraced without hesitation in view of the results. This application was conceived, in principle, to control all aliens entering the country from areas affected by the coronavirus.
These travelers, once in the customs control, could not franquearlo if not downloaded previously to the application that was shown at passport control by using a QR code. With the app already operational, the visitors were subjected to a series of questions daily in order to know their states and if they were to develop any of the symptoms of the disease.
The result was so good that the Korean government decided to expand it -as you point out, voluntarily – to the rest of the citizens of the country. The app has been dubbed as Co100 and offers a good incentive to its users: alerts them when they come in radius of 100 metres of an infected person. With this simple function, it allows users to healthy not to approach potential problem areas, so that, from the outset, you reduce chances of contagion.
GPS tracking of the infected
It is known that the human being in confinement, unless you have a strong social conscience, will tend to break it at some point if he is devoid of empathy and solidarity, and the koreans know it: in addition to the application, the authorities track the movements of patients through the payments of their cards. In this way, each time a affected you violate the rules, the authorities can be alerted in real-time and take the necessary measures. On the other hand, those who downloaded the application, you agree to be plotted by GPS, so the health authorities can do a follow-up of patients in function of their symptoms.
Spain, after its own app
As you know, Spain is, after Italy, the second european country with the most infections (and the bad thing is that the mathematical models predict a predicted apocalyptic) with which the health authorities are pursuing to repeat the ‘Korean model’ even if not to verify that it complies with the landfill (at least, initially), but to avoid the saturation of the emergency telephone and the emergency room visits. In fact, the initiative came from the Community of Madrid, region of the country that is more affected (in Spain, healthcare is not centralized) and with the support of giants such as Telefónica, Ferrovial and Google, among others. Are most health systems that have a web solution or app that prevents the saturation of emergency (Galicia or Valencian Community, among others).
This application presents a questionnaire to those who believe to be infected by the coronavirus, and we propose a series of alternatives, that, except in severe cases, prevent that is to saturate the 112 (emergency telephone number). The idea is that the individual affected who is “autodiagnostique” through the app and avoid the collapse of the hospitals without leave, therefore, to attend to those affected. In short, a mobile application solves several of the problems faced by the citizens and healthcare systems with a pandemic of this caliber: the doubts and the care of their problems for the first (without the need to collapse the primary care) and the real-time monitoring for the seconds.
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