Friday, July 17, 2020

What happens if we do contact tracing by smart phone, like in South Korea?

The Wall Street Journal shows in a video how far South Korea has gone to do contact tracing by smartphone.

Such measures in the United States would probably violate the Fourth Amendment. But companies could agree not to allow consumers on their premises or even to use their services without fulling enabling apps like these, which in the US so far are not as well developed.

It’s also worthy of note that some hotel chains do offer their rooms to persons ordered to self-isolate. 

Bedding, linen, and meals are left outside rooms.  Apparently wi-fi is offered and presumably the person can bring their own electronics to continue working.   This article goes back to March, 2020. 

But the person ordered to self-isolate does have to foot the bill.  Reasons for this self-isolation might include other persons in the household or perhaps ventilation issues in a high-rise building at home. Future research into wastewater could make this more sensitive.

Isolated persons might need to bring their own personal effects, which in some countries (China) has caused an issue.  Problems could happen if something doesn’t work in the room (not sure if others can enter).  Generally, rooms are deep cleaned and left vacant for 72 hours afterward.

All of this is relevant to future contact tracing work (which I have thought about).  It’s important to be able to offer persons to be isolated acceptable arrangements. Another issue would be delivery of medications, which may become a bigger issue soon if a prophylactic drug is developed.

Again, I am still amazed at the suddenness with which coronavirus sacked the US economy in March, in a few days.  Most smaller businesses say it had never occurred to them that something like this could happen, and then be so prolonged, perhaps permanent. The same idea could apply to the mask “debate”; many Americans are not used to the idea that their own breath is a “deadly weapon” (because of pre-symptomatic or even asymptomatic spread). .

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