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Outwitting COVID

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Face masks, face shields, and alcohol dispensers are not the only common sights today as the COVID19 pandemic continues to rage.

As the city and province went under a modified quarantine status recently, logbooks, forms and ballpens have also become commonplace.

While these are measures meant to make contact tracing faster, paper and pens, for example, can also be touchpoints that can potentially spread the virus.

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Public transportation has also become slower as some areas in the province require cross-bordee passengers to go off jeepneys or buses and provide personal data.

Can something be done to minimize touchpoints? Can passenger data be gathered faster?

Viruses are complex, intelligent organisms able to hijack body cells and trick the body’s internal defenses.

But it needs a host, humans for example, to survive.

HyBrain’s John Dave Duenas shares in the podcast with DNX Executive Editor Julius D. Mariveles ways on how to harness technology against the COVID.

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He and Mariveles also discuss the need for big data, a national ID system, right to privacy and other issues related to the need for information systems amid the challenges of modern times.

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Julius D. Mariveles
Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.

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