Technology is aiding the state’s fight against the virus and also helping people cope with the stresses of a quarantined life in China.
Various apps developed in China to deal with COVID-19
Name of the app
- It informs people whether they have been in close contact with anyone confirmed infected, based on flight and train records.
- A government-run close contact detector platform allows companies to check if any employees have been in contact with those infected by checking their national identification numbers.
- The main telecom operators are sharing location data with authorities to help contact tracing.
Pingan Good Doctor
- It connects patients at home with doctors and pharmacies and has noted a surge in the number of users this past month.
Alibaba’s Alipay app
- It has rolled out a health QR code system
- It is assigning color codes to citizens marking their risk level, drawing on their travel history and contacts.
- A green code means you can travel freely, yellow requires seven days of quarantine, while red requires a 14-day quarantine.
Face++(Uses Artificial intelligence Technology)
- It uses sophisticated temperature screening tools that can work in crowded places and screen thousands of people.
- It also promptly assess CT scans to detect COVID-19 cases.
Baidu and SenseTime (Uses Artificial intelligence Technology)
- These are helping police identify people who aren’t wearing masks in public places and offices.
Apart from these apps, Chinese authorities have also deployed drones armed with loudspeakers reminding residents to keep a distance from each other and to wear masks and to spray sanitizers.
Learnings from China
- The key learning that can be taken from China is speed. If we find the cases sooner, isolate the cases, and track their close contacts, the outbreak can be dealt with in an efficient manner.
- With the aid of technology, the impacts of the outbreak can certainly be minimized.
- Ensuring free treatment and testing, as well as providing prescriptions for patients for three months rather than the usual one month, to ensure the supply of medicines
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