The ideal goal in fighting an epidemic or pandemic is to completely halt the spread. But merely slowing it — mitigation — is critical.
Mitigating an impending crisis is amongst other things to repeatedly distribute updated information to all of the population, transmitting millions of messages to everyone who has a mobile phone, with the text adopted to the native language of the recipient, and their location. The information being sent out can be regarding hygiene practices, staying at home and restricted areas. Slowing the spread of the infection is nearly as important as stopping it.
IN A CRISIS, SPEED IS OF ESSENCE
Tools like Xolaris CIWS enables authorities to quickly start the mitigation process by:
- Accurately estimate the number of people in a given location at a given time to estimate resources needed in different regions.
- Distributing geographically controlled information messages to people in danger areas to stay at home and places to avoid, as well as introducing more cautious hygiene practices to less dangerous areas.
- Generating heatmaps to see how the population is distributed – now and in the past.
- Informing people who have recently been in areas with infection.
- Analyzing how infected persons have travelled and what other phones have been in the vicinity as way to trace the spread of the virus.
The exponential growth of connectivity — and the access to the wealth of data it offers — allows health officials to quickly track the spread of disease, giving vulnerable populations vital information.
Tools supporting improved mitigation effects will become a “must” for nations in handling the current pandemic and preparing for future crisis scenarios.