Amidst all the fallouts due to the worldwide pandemic, one positive phenomenon is the boosted digital technology. Businesses, academic institutes and local communities have innovated and revolutionized themselves.
Digital technologies have come as an aid to society at large during this tough time. All forms of work have been possible only due to the innovations at every level during the lockdown days. The manner in which community and public health advisors have been tackling the situation is due to the readily available digital technologies that carried out the tasks. Analytics, social media and cloud computing helped people around the world cope up with COVID-19 while learning crucial lessons.
Listed below are few of the readily available digital technologies that can be effectively deployed at every step of crisis management.
- Signal Detection: The ability to detect potential threats from receiving data is not an easy task. Social media and mobile phones are a significant signal detector. Their ability to connect anytime, anywhere, transmit and receive information is a great advantage in gauging potential threats.
- Prevention and Preparation: Cloud computing and analytics allow remote and widespread activities to help in training that makes the community prepared to face the disaster. The COVID Alert App for mobile device keeps you updated and informed. It will tell users whether they have been in close proximity with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- Containment: Pandemic such as COVID-19 cannot be avoided but can be controlled and checked definitely. Big data analytics can easily locate hotspots and keep it confined to that particular spot. This limits the spread of the virus.
- Recovery: Post-crisis communications shared are an important aspect of social, personal and community networks. Readily available technologies can help communities face the crisis with a better outlook through shared information and experiences. Zoom video conferencing and similar apps help face to face virtual communication when real-time isn’t possible.
- Learning: Gathering information on recovery and renewal is difficult for communities. Readily available technologies can help in local and remote computing power. Also, these technologies can allow information retrieval and knowledge analysis.
In times of crisis like the pandemic when face-to-face interactions are limited, readily available technologies have been the only sources of community interactions through social media, virtual meeting apps, cloud and mobile-driven software. Through these technologies, receiving real-time updates has been the biggest blessing.
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