Only a few States adopted a “contact app tracking” to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. In Dakota, the developer “Care19” app says that its technology available for other States too.
Before COVID-19 was on the horizon, Tim brookins, a graduate of the University of North Dakota, the cause of what is called “Tracker app Zubr”.He had the crowd on the way to the National football championship game in Dallas in January
“Just last year, we tracked 15 000 people, so you can see the 15,000 points drive South for a week and then go home when it’s all over,” said brookins. “People, when they are driving have nothing to do they do nothing, but check this thing to see the migration of the green dots on the map.”
Brookins works for Microsoft. When the pandemic hit, the company told employees that they could use their knowledge of technology to help their homeland. So brookins stretched North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum.
“He was initially saying we need to do contact tracing and a key part of remembering where you were and with the way the bison tracker, Tim, you know how to gather people, right?” Said brookins.
And so, the technology tracker bison turned into Care19.
“This is a key part of the process of contact tracing, to remember where you were in the last week or so, and it is hard to do when you feel good, and if you were sick or scared or stressed,” said brookins.
The app records where you go, is the list in the past 14 days. Thus, if you test positive, you can help, contact tracers to see where you went, who you talked to Who you might be infected.
Jensa Woo, a librarian with San Francisco public credited with Department of public health California how to contact the tracer. Wu was after her library system is closed during the spread of the virus.
“I’ll talk to the contact, and then the recommendation of the Department of public health is that they pass the test, if the test is positive, that is to follow. “The butterfly effect”, but it starts with whether or not a person experiences positive,” Wu said.
Wu spoke to the people at the age of 11 years. CA not use them instead of the application, the health workers say their health workers used contact tracers for many decades to slow the spread of infectious diseases such as measles, SARS and HIV/AIDS. Woo does all her work from home, not to come into contact with someone physically.
“It’s kind of tracing and the science, trying to figure out where this virus is gone, and where people are in place to isolate and stop so that the virus does not affect other people,” said Wu.
Brookins says his app has already been downloaded into two States, North and South Dakota. It wouldn’t be hard to add another state; he is negotiating with some, and universities.
“There are many States out there that are simply so busy with tracing they don’t come up for air to even consider to make this app, so add this to your existing process,” said Brookings.
When asked about the criticism of this type of technology and if all traffic will be observed and recorded, said brookins States do not have access to the data. In fact, only he does and all that he had received the coordinates. No names.
“If you want to have data that is valuable to do something like Facebook. They have their email address, they know your city and what school you went to, if you’re in a relationship and they have a billion users. what is valuable,” said Brookings. “This data is completely anonymous not even sale-able”.
As for Wu, she says she learned a lot and likes to reach out and help people in the community. She misses the library and the books, but it’s still second.
“It’s like second nature to talk to people and a good listener and ask good questions and open questions as I gather information – so multi-tasking,” Wu said.