Data collection on the novel coronavirus is vital for long term survival from the pandemic.
We look to understand more about the virus and how our governments make decision on restrictions to protect us all.
At the start of the pandemic the first place most people went to was worldometer.com.
This website gives data that countries make public such as cases and deaths. It also includes recovered cases and active cases if countries are so inclined to reveal the statistics in who has recovered.
Britain looked to introduce a comprehensive track and trace system in late May, 2020. On this day in October, this track and trace system does not exist. Attempts to understand where clusters formed and which parts of the country were accelerating in their respective level of infection proved nought. Millions of pounds have been spent on the track and trace system but nothing substantial has been delivered to the public as of yet.
Ireland is a different story. The HSE launched a track and trace phone application in June. This app gives the public the opportunity to state if they have any symptoms related to Covid. Running the app through Bluetooth makes it not as intrusive to peoples data as running through 4G.
The app offers statistics relating to ICU admission and discharges aswell as Hospital admission and discharge statistics - the very same data NPHET base it's restriction decisions on.
If anything else the HSE covid app is a useful tool for ones mental health, creating transparency between the public and the government and leaving an air of preditableness in the deciosn making of our government. Irish people are lucky to have this technology as other countries do not.
Reconnaissance is key to the battle against the "silent enemy", so from all of us here at Face Mask Vogue, we implore you to download the HSE app and fight the good fight.
Stay Safe, Stay Vogue!