Like every year, we thought that 2019 was terrible, and it would finally be 2020 when we are living the dream. We all had our plans finalized for 2020. Be it travel, education, or anything else, the point is our expectations from 2020 were enormous. Little did we know that the year had plans of itself for disappointing us.
Even though the pandemic’s potential, as realized in December of 2019, we could not anticipate much of it until the beginning of this year. And here we are more than half a year later, still finding a cure and staying indoors. In other words, the coronavirus pandemic has been more than challenging for the entire world. We are still looking for a solution out of it and doing bits of our work to keep us in check of it.
It is noteworthy how our medical systems worldwide are struggling during this time, even as we set out to discover the universe. The point is we still have several unknown variables when it comes to healthcare. Be it understanding our very own body’s molecular structure or how an alien microorganism such as virus or bacteria establishes their colony in our collection. The battle towards achieving the constant well-being of human beings is far-fetched.
Technology to the Rescue
While we still haven’t found the groundbreaking medical solution, we turn to technology to keep the pandemic at bay. Be it spreading awareness to the people or keeping a check of one’s symptoms. Technology has been the boon amidst the hardships of the pandemic. While we cannot yet claim to have found a remedy for the coronavirus; however, using technology, it is undoubtedly helping us in several other ways.
Since talking about technology sparks the debate, whether front running technologies such as artificial intelligence and its subsidiaries like machine learning can contribute towards the cause. While there have been several instances where machine learning learns from molecular structure and makes predictions; likewise, it has failed to demonstrate its charisma for COVID 19.
However, it is extensively used for other purposes, such as building models and making predictions on the existing worldwide COVID data. Apart from this, to safeguard citizens’ front he pandemic, various government and private agencies have launched a mobile application that is, to an extent serving people amidst the pandemic. As a result, several people can keep safe and sane, even when physical checkups and direct physical contact is prohibited.
For startups and governments who did plan on creating these fantastic applications, mobile has been one of the best-supporting platforms. Its usage is already growing among people, with more than half of the world’s population relying on it daily.
Be it collaborating with peers at the office or with the classmates and teachers for your school education, booking cabs to order home supplies. Mobile apps have changed the way we used to live our daily lives. It has undoubtedly brought the world closer and bridged the gaps between government and citizens at various levels.
If you’re wondering what these apps are, take a look below –
One of the most talked-about mobile applications, the Aarogya Setu by the Government of India, is a damsel in distress. It is a brilliant app that helps the government keep track of patients across the country. A vital feature of the app is that it is available in more than 11 languages, assisting people in keeping track of their corona virus symptoms. Using Bluetooth, the app also lets people figure out if an infected person is in their vicinity.
More to this, the government keeps on posting lots of preventive measures on the app, so that people become well aware of these and start taking the necessary steps.
An already advanced nation in terms of technology, another great mobile application that makes it to the list is China’s QR Codes. The app lets people scan QR codes to share information about their health and travel history. These can be used to share authentic information when people are boarding buses, traveling on flights, or entering a public place or an organization.
More to this, the app QR Codes has different levels of alerts in the app ranging from green to red. While green refers to the unrestricted movement for people, yellow relates to quarantine for seven days, and red refers to quarantine for 14 days, respectively.
COVID Safe App
The next successful mobile application to make it to eh list is the COVID Safe App. It is an app launched by the Australian government to keep a trace of its COVID infected population. The app can also track the number of people a person comes in contact with, therefore, helping in more natural contact tracing. The mobile numbers of people who are in the 1.5m range of the infected person for more than 15 minutes are stored in the app.
COVID Safe uses Bluetooth for its primary contact tracing functions. While people are concerned about their privacy using this app, it is, on the other hand, helping in intensive contact tracing, limiting the number of cases in the country.
Smart Management System COVID 19
Despite its proximity to China, South Korea was one of the first countries to experience an outbreak of the coronavirus. However, with extensive use of technology and proactive measures, the country is fighting the battle well. The app COVID 19 Smart Management System has helped the government keep a close eye on the infected patients and those recommended to stay in quarantine. The Smart Management System lets the government do extensive contact tracing, thus discovering and treating the infected patients at the earliest.
Gradually more and more countries are bringing the culture of technology to help battle the healthcare crisis. While only an actual vaccine can help ultimately develop immunity against the disease, the apps help at a different level. They are enabling quick and smooth identification of patients, based on which proactive measures are being taken. Furthermore, this is preventing the infection from spreading wide in the population.