How useful can be the digital contact tracing in the COVID 19 Pandemic?
As the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in early 2020, digital contact tracing tools have been largely developed and used by governments across the globe. Citizens have been persuaded that it is an important feature of the control of the deadly disease. In their article for SAGE magazine “Digital Contact tracing in the COVID Pandemic: A tool far from reality”, Ajay Hegde and Ramesh Masthi discuss how helpful is the digital control tracing in the pandemic situation.
An instrument for breaking the chain is needed
Contact tracing has emerged as a security tool in recent months and as a groundbreaking instrument that will help to stop the spread of COVID 19. We all needed to try to terminate the chain of infection and local governments have started working with technological giants to create a suitable and effective way to control it. For example, in the largest populated country India, the data shows that once implemented, there were 50 million downloads overnight. In Europe, Apple and Google started cooperating on developing software with a forecast of 3 billion users.
Epidemiologists still have a lot of work in studying the COVID-19
What remains for the near future?
- The contact tracing might be a good solution for a very early stage of a pandemic, currently, the hyper-local /postal code/ could be a better solution.
- It is rather unclear how the problem around the data-privacy regulations and monitoring of a large number of people is solved and how do the governments use such data. Some of the scientists suggest that in some cases the contact tracing appears as a tool for covering the government’s incapacity to control the deadly virus.