Would you let your “contact” phone track your movements?
If you want New Jersey to reopen and reopen now, how much do you want? To reopen safely, contact tracing is key; find out who an infected person has been around to prevent a huge second wave of COVID-19 from occurring. In the past, the work of a medical detective was only to ask the infected person all the places they had been and the people they had seen for so many days. Then warnings are issued and these people are contacted.
Now it’s a lot more involved. Cellular phone technology means you can perform a high-tech contact tracing by tracking the movement of an infected person’s cell phone over the past few days and matching that information to all cell phones that are more than one of them. meters, then warning those cell phones. the owners. This is the simplest way to describe a technological feat that can be achieved in a number of ways. There is a great article about it on PCmag.com.
About half of the country is wary of being tracked by their cell phones if a medical organization does. If this were done more directly by the government itself, the fear of being tracked would rise to around 70%.
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So how badly do you want to reopen? If this is the best and safest way to reopen while keeping a second wave of coronavirus at bay, would you be ready to participate? If it’s voluntary, I would volunteer and accept it. Normally I wouldn’t. I’m not a fan of being watched over by authority. But these are not normal times and I would be prepared to make this unique exception under these unprecedented circumstances in order to potentially save thousands of lives.
The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Jeff Deminski. All opinions expressed are those of Jeff Deminski.