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Using big data to fight pandemic

March 17, 2020 / Alexander Senaputra
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As of March 14, at the time of writing, the government had declared that 96 persons had tested positive for COVID-19, an exponential jump compared to last week when only two cases had been reported.With a mortality rate so far of 3 to 4 percent and its highly transmittable nature more than 156,000 people have been infected worldwide the pandemic has created shock, fear and panic on almost every inhabited continent, except for perhaps the least impacted, Africa.Locally, debates have been polarized on the government’s transparency and capacity and on the panic buying of hand sanitizers and other supplies. They have been less focused on the fundamental question: “How can the spread be stopped before it is too late?.As the home of four unicorns and one decacorn, Indonesia should be able to use information technology and big data for both preventive and also curative responses to the pandemic.An app that serves as a “human GPS” and records someone’s mobility wo...