Until we get a vaccine, it looks like COVID-19 will continue to devastate. What I am most surprised by is:

Where is Rapid App-based Contact Tracing?!

EXPECTED SOLUTION:

  • Clusters of people take precautionary measures: stop going out, get tested, etc.
  • Infection rates go down to a point where communities clear the infection out.

OBSERVED:

  1. Needs government approval to be turned on. I am in Massachusetts and it’s still not on. Not sure why.
  2. Notifications go out only to your first degree.
  3. No context: no visibility into community / geography

Here is Google’s explanation of the system.

SOLUTION:

A technical solution exist. Yet, if people don’t use it, it will be worthless. Thus, this seems to be a problem of driving adoption.

PROPOSAL:

Top-down:

  • Wide Exposure (Media, Apps, Sites, Offline)
  • Wide Adoption

Grassroots:

  • Adoption/marketing would include:
    1) reaching out to their network,
    2) putting posters/printouts around the neighborhood,
    3) using local social media
    4) recruiting businesses to verify/promote app in-store

WHAT ABOUT PRIVACY?

To add, my personal opinion is that, in an age when Google, FB, advertisers, etc. already have an incredible amount of information, given the level of crisis and death we are facing, privacy concerns in this case are usually inconsequential from a practical perspective.

LETS ACT:

2020–11–17 Update:
I started a Twitter account @ac19cr.

2020–11–18 Update:
Adjusted text, split into top-down and grassroots approaches.