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A Slashdotter's Take On a Approach To Use Smartphones To Defeat the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Longtime Slashdot reader dbart writes: With the close to ubiquitous use of smartphones in America, it is smart to grab upon this useful resource to assist with the coronavirus pandemic. Here is my tackle a approach to make use of smartphones to take care of the pandemic:

America doesn’t at the moment have coronavirus take a look at — however they’re in growth. As soon as a take a look at is offered there ought to be a smartphone app able to deploy instantly. The app ought to work like this: An individual can be examined for the virus at a testing station and the outcomes of the take a look at can be entered into the app’s database. The individual may then go about their enterprise, corresponding to going again to work. Upon arriving on the administrative center, the individual would carry up the app on their smartphone. The app would show some data to establish the topic that was examined together with a barcode. The employer would then scan within the barcode with the app on the employer’s telephone which can test with the central database and report again the outcomes of their coronavirus take a look at and the recency of the take a look at. The employer would determine whether or not to permit the individual into the office. This might equally be used to soundly permit entry to a restaurant, airplane, theater, sporting occasion, and many others. — thus getting the financial system functioning once more.

I’ve solely offered a tough sketch of my thought about this above and there is many nuances to how this could work. It is apparent that everybody ought to be examined regularly for this to be efficient. This might require testing on an enormous scale, however contemplating the harm taking place to the American financial system, such huge testing may simply be justified. A functionality as described above would get the American financial system restarted on the soonest doable time and would permit society to operate till a vaccine is offered. It might even be a really worthwhile asset to epidemiological investigators. If an app was designed with sufficient forethought it may very well be deployed internationally. I am hoping to get not only a Slashdot dialog however a bigger dialog began about using expertise to defeat this virus. Maybe there is a Slashdotter with the skillsets to make this occur who want to take this on. If anybody has a contact on the CDC please ahead this submit to them to insure that technological options corresponding to this are being thought-about.

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