How countries are tracking covid-19 infected 
Compiled by Walter Sorochan Doctor of Health & Safety

Posted April 23, 2020. 

Finding persons who are infected with coronavirus and who may spread the virus to others is a challenge to all countries and especially United States. But many other countries in the world, struggling to get enough testing kits and reagents and protective medical/nursing protective equipment, are innovating ways to track those who may be infected with this virus. Here is a summary of what countries are doing.

More Nations Are Looking to Use Cell Phone Data to Track the COVID-19 Outbreak, Raising Privacy Concerns.  Hutchinson:  Nations looking to use tracking systems March 30, 2020

How to limit the spread of the virus? And if so, what would that mean for personal privacy and data tracking moving forward? This is the dilemma that many nations are now facing, as the rapid spread of coronavirus escalates concerns, and forces world leaders to seek out every potential option. Reports in March, 2020, circulated that the US Government was in talks with several tech companies, including both Facebook and Google, as to how it might be able to use location data from cell phones to better track and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic across the nation. This came after several Asian nations, including China, South Korea and Singapore had seen some success in better restricting the outbreak by using smartphone location data to track the movement of people who were carrying the virus.  

Now, mobile carriers in Italy, Germany and Austria are also sharing location tracking information with authorities, while Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong are using location monitoring systems to ensure that people who are carrying COVID-19 are staying at home, in an effort to slow the spread. Hutchinson:  Nations looking to use tracking systems March 30, 2020

Singapore and Taiwan are using a smartphone application to monitor the spread of the coronavirus by tracking people who may have been exposed. Singapore using smartphones to track virus

If implemented in the US, some of Singapore's high-tech tools for curbing infection would violate privacy laws like HIPAA, which prevents the sharing of people's health information between hospitals, the government, and third parties.

Singapore's new COVID-19 contact-tracing app TraceTogether: How it works Length=2:24 mns.

Source: Singapore tracing system

Singapore has accomplished what few nations could: It has successfully contained the spread of COVID-19 within its borders. The island nation has confirmed just under 600 cases total. Its borders have closed, but Singapore hasn't had to implement a shutdown — schools and businesses have remained open.

Singapore has accomplished this feat with the help of high-tech surveillance tools run by the government, including a smartphone application that uses Bluetooth to track users' proximity to other people using the application, alerting those who come in contact with someone who has tested positive or is at high risk for carrying the coronavirus.

In addition to the app, called TraceTogether, the Singapore government sends citizens updates via WhatsApp twice a day that include the total number of cases, the suspected locations of outbreaks, and advice for avoiding infection.

Taiwan, which has won global praise for its effective action against the coronavirus, is rolling out a mobile phone-based “electronic fence” that uses location-tracking to ensure people who are quarantined stay in their homes. The system has drawn few complaints in Taiwan, which has reported only reported 108 cases of the virus.  Taiwan tracking system

Other countries, including South Korea and Israel, are using satellite-based phone tracking for so-called contact tracing to see where infected individuals might have passed SARS-CoV-2 to others.  Other countries tracking covid-19

United States has been slow in implementing technology similar to Singapore. The top priority should be to stop the spread of covid-19 and bring it under control in the entire world.  Instead, US politicians are groping to find more test kits with reagents to test everyone.  There is political fighting for resources and money, and no discussion to use hi-tech systems to speed up corona control. Testing everyone is ideal but it is a very slow effort that will extend the time it takes to bring the spread of covid-19 under control and successfully re-open the economy.

The world is faced with a virus that threatens the very survival of civilization as we know it today. The world lacks disciplined priority and leadership so that all countries are on the same page and work together.

We need to look at all options in order to survive a global biological war! We may need to compromise in order to survive. Survival is more important than reviving the economy full of viral mines, going to the beach for a day or even work.