The founder of a Canadian start-up has launched an initiative to allow anyone to report their own cases and publish results to help authorities fight the pandemic,media reported. Operation COVID-19 visualizes official and suspected cases of new coronaviruses on data lists and maps to save lives and improve the global public health system. People will be able to self-report cases through anonymous questionnaires.
The website aims to show how many cases have been officially detected compared to suspected coVID-19 cases. “More people can contribute to their COVID-19 experience, and we can reverse the epidemic and build more intelligence to save lives,” said Jillian Kowalchuk, co-founder of the site. “
Kowalchuk, co-founder of safe and city, a “street intelligence” security app, showed symptoms of COVID-19 after meeting Canadian Prime Minister Sophie Trudeau in Canada on March 5 and later tested positive. She was then refused a test by a British hospital and told to go home and be isolated, which made her worried about the lack of testing and public awareness of the extent of the problem.
“As more and more tests are denied, such first-hand experiences are becoming more common worldwide, and most COVID-19 cases are unknown, underestimating the magnitude of the problem and limiting preventive measures and resource mobilization to other public health areas that are needed to monitor the system,” she told TechCrunch. The program will collect insights from people infected with COVID-19 to bring information back to the medical and public health services.
In this way, it will create a map visualization of official and self-reported COVID-19 cases, recovered and fatal cases, to support global best practices, including more testing.