3 Tech Sectors Stopping the Coronavirus Spread
Across the nation, states took further measures yesterday to stop the spread of COVID-19.
My colleagues up in Maryland are now in a statewide stay-at-home order lasting indefinitely until cases stop climbing.
While here in Florida, Gov. DeSantis’ ordered to stay-at-home for southeast Florida.
While I don’t fall in that category, I still work out of my home with the whole family at home.
Don’t worry. We have enough toilet paper to get by… but being home all day with a 2-, 10- and 13-year-old might drive me crazy.
Weirdly enough, the 2-year-old is the best behaved.
Meanwhile, tech companies across the nation stepped up to address several different aspects of the coronavirus.
Whether it’s data analysis, medical equipment or even finding a cure…
Technology is shaping the way we tackle this pandemic.
Today, I’ll go over the different tech sectors shaping this response. And will show you just much of an impact they’ve made.
You may have heard President Trump ordering General Motors to make face masks to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
The good thing about that is GM had already begun making masks 10 days before Trump ordered them to do so.
Even better, as of this morning, GM reported they would be ready to deliver the first 20,000 face masks by next week.
But while all the focus has been on GM lately, other companies both large and small have upped their game. And they have provided everything from ventilators to masks to hand sanitizer to try to help the supremely stressed health care system.
One example comes from across the ocean in Italy. A hospital in Italy’s northern region needed replacement valves for their ICU. But because of the demand they were unable to get them on such short notice.
Enter a 3D printing startup and a mechanical engineer and the problem was solved in 24 hours.
A truly amazing feat that saved dozens of lives.
And that’s just one example. SmileDirectClub now 3D prints medical supplies in addition to its teeth straightening kits. And Protolabs in Minnesota was deemed an “essential” business to help 3D print medical equipment.
There are countless companies out there working on a treatment for COVID-19.
Whether it be public institutions like the University of Queensland — who’s molecular clamp could assist in isolating COVID-19…
Or if it’s going to be a private company that’s racing to develop a vaccine or platform for a treatment…
The race is on, and the first to the finish line could come out big.
The best way to get ahead of a pandemic is by knowing where and how it’s spreading.
You can’t enact policies against it if you don’t know where it is.
And furthermore, you can’t know what policies to enact if you don’t know what people are doing.
It doesn’t serve any good to close down all the beaches when no one’s at the beach and everyone’s at the bar.
This is where the government stepped in.
Using location services off people’s phones, the CDC received cellphone data of “geographic interest.”
That is, people joining together in large groups while the pandemic is in full force.
For instance, the CDC was notified that there were large gatherings of people in a New York City park. And after receiving the data, they notified local authorities.
This raises the question of ethics.
Does the government have a right to use your location data to enact policies to stop a pandemic from spreading?
To a bright future,