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Local pandemic map VS COVID-19

A digital public map that can display the movement of confirmed COVID-19 patient before the diagnosis of x hours or days.

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In March 11/2020, WHO declared that Coronavirus (COVID-19) is categorized as a pandemic outbreak originated from China. Starting from that point many countries or cities have closed their boundaries, restricting movement from country to country or city to city. This is because the best way to control a pandemic outbreak is isolation and solving the problem in a confined way. After you isolate cities, the next critical question is how do you trace potential cases? How can people know they are potential cases before having symptom for the COVID-19? For example, person who has been infected with COVID-19 without his/ her knowledge may travel from location A to B using a specific bus/ buses in a specific time and day in a specific city. The peoples who also travelled using that specific bus/ buses in specific time and day are potential cases but there is no way anyone could know that because that bus travels multiple times even if the buses have unique numbers. And the bigger question is that how do you give priority for testing peoples who wish to be tested if many number people apply having limited testing capacity?

This project is proposing a digital public map that can display the movement of confirmed COVID-19 patient before the diagnosis of x hours or days so that peoples take precaution when going to that area and trace potential cases like peoples who have traveled with that person in buses where the patient may transmitted to people he/she does not know. Meaning, when there is a confirmed case for the COVID-19, that person is kept isolated in a medical treatment center and that person will be given a form depending on mental status to fill her/ his movement in a very specific data like where she/ he went, at what time, means of transportation and even transportation specifics like bus number and such. This data is fed to the digital public map for the public to see and report peoples who traveled using that transportation means within that specific time especially if there is a specification on where the patent has sited on that bus. Then the public see this and anyone who meets these criteria via the digital map will report and if there is confirmed case among the reported peoples, they also will fill the same form and update the digital map. The summation of these data will fill information gaps and work the whole city as a unit leading better precaution and better detection for suspected cases for the COVID-19. The system will have not have an incorrect data because it will be filled by authorized personal strictly based on the data from the patents.  

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https://solve.mit.edu/challenges/health-security-pandemics/solutions/19420 

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The intended target of the project is for digital map companies especially for Google Map. This is because it will be easy for Google Map to integrate it in their system. They can call the map as “Google pandemics” and develop a secure map that can only filled by authorized person with user name and password for every city on the world. The graphic of the map will look like the following diagrams taken from public transportation of Google maps.  

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Solve MIT Coronavirus challenge

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Addis Ababa

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Ethiopia

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This will need access to telecom networks and it is a very expensive and probably cumbersome exercise. Approval from authorities is going to be the biggest hurdle. There is also that dilemma where you have to be choose between enforcing the exercise through law, and leaving it to the sense of responsibility or willingness.
By the way, how did you write such a long note? I wasn't allowed to write more than 50 characters.

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Not if it is implemented by Google maps where there is already big infrastructure in place.

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Photo of Anurag Sahay
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IMO, the problem lies in identifying who will be the authority to overlook and implement this. Google has the data , but hat about the approval and what about govts?

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Are you really worried about who will manage the system... This can be managed

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That sounds encouraging, thank you)

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Photo of Isaac Jumba
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Thank you for your idea Anteneh Gashaw ! Be sure to check other experiences submitted by community members

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Will do. This project was published in the solve MIT Coronavirus challenge weeks ago. I shared in this site because of the invite