Reopening The World

by | Apr 30, 2020

Reopening The World

Countries and states are trying to reopen, and some tactics are better than others.

This past week a number of states started to boost their economies by opening up some businesses and allowing elective surgeries. Across the world it’s a similar story, but not every method is a welcome one.

For example, the Australian government has launched a tracing app that logs when people are too close to each other. It comes as Australia and New Zealand say they have the outbreak under control but are worried about another flare up. The Australian government wants at least forty percent of the population to sign up to make the app effective.

The government says it doesn’t track location but traces people who might have been exposed to infections. Critics say it’s an invasion of privacy and don’t want that type of information logged. So far similar contact tracing is being used in countries such as South Korea and Israel to keep the rate of infection low.

The government says the app will help the country return to a sense of normalcy if people sign up.

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