Disasters are often unexpected by their very nature, leaving little time, if any, to prepare. That is why it is so important to put time into planning and preparation long before the disaster strikes.
Adding understanding of historical movement of the public, such as travel patterns, gathering points and the number of individuals at these locations at different times gives the possibility for modelling the possible geographical spread and speed in transmission of the disease.
The capability to detect how many persons that currently are in a particular geographical region can be used to dimension your health care capacity properly, looking at both public and private facilities, including provisioning of personnel, medicines, diagnostics and other supplies. Based on this prepare guidance instructions for where people should be directed for healthcare.
Telecommunications technology offer a wealth of data and a more targeted approach to preparing and controlling the spread of COVID-19. When using SMS as a communication method, carefully crafted messages with trusted senders to secure authenticity and combat fraud is crucial.
With a tool like Xolaris REACT™ as part of the preparedness process, health authorities can in a systematic way prepare to:
Scale up country preparedness and response operations, including follow up of contacts with diagnosed patients for transmission prevention and strengthening readiness to communicate rapidly, regularly and transparently to the public by SMS to any mobile handset.
Raise awareness in the population through risk communication.
Handle rumours, misconceptions and misinformation by rapid and targeted communication by SMS to avoid negative impact on response measures and health-seeking behaviours.
Accurately estimate the number of people in a given location at a given time to in advance estimate resources needed in different regions.
Generate heatmaps and density measurements to see how the population is distributed – now and in the past to understand travel routes, movement over time (day/night) and places of congregation in advance of a potential crisis in order to determine evacuation plans.
Use demographics to warn and inform a certain group that is more at risk, such as elderly people.
Prepare entry or exit points for imported cases by screening travelers and separate suspected cases of Covid-19. Monitor transport links between population centers for isolation of local outbreaks in dignified ways.
Provide targeted information rapidly and regularly to arriving travellers, travel agencies, tour operations about planned and implemented measures.
Tools supporting improved preparedness will become a “must” for nations in handling the current pandemic and preparing for future crisis scenarios.
Respond includes those capabilities necessary to save lives, protect property and meet basic human needs. It is when an emergency event is imminent or immediately after it has occurred, as in the case with Covid-19 in many places around the world.
Be ready to REACT™
Xolaris REACT™ is an analytics and communication platform engineered to help governments and health authorities combat spread of infectious diseases.