When Technology Becomes An Obstacle To The Fight Against The Epidemic

2021-02-06   |   by CusiGO

“Robots really don’t get infected.” These words are a good summary of the optimism of Technological Development in assessing its role in the prevention and control of new coronavirus epidemics. Juan Luis Moreno, the author and spokesman for Valley Business School, has temporarily ignored any other social factors, such as the impact of new technology on employment. He said he believes the arrival of covid has greatly promoted the development of new technology. Robots are an example. They are used for nursing, information or cleaning tasks, and bring new impetus to health emergencies. Or automated passenger or delivery, as well as many other big data and blockchains to ensure continuity of the supply chain. But are there technologies, no matter how prosperous, that they have experienced before the health crisis and are now being questioned because their abuse will be combined with preventive measures?

If, at the end of the last century, the adoption of microchips marked the first major change in the development of credit cards – previously, magnetic strips were used to identify and operate credit cards – then, in the past decade, the emergence of RFID, This means that you forget to introduce the payment method to readers. It is enough to put the so-called contactless card close to the TPV. Given the capillary diffusion of smartphones, it seems entirely logical that the next step is to convert mobile phones into bank cards instead of plastic.

It’s true. At least it’s not until you activate facial recognition on your phone, then fix it a few inches away from the reader, and then pay for it in this way that it becomes a threat to public health. “Since the mask must be removed when the device is used for face recognition, the risk of sars-voc-2 transmission through air (water droplets and aerosols) in an enclosed space is very high, and it is very important. If the safe distance cannot be maintained for at least two meters, it is the same in an open space.”, Jessus Sanz Sanz, chief of the Department of infectious diseases at Princess University Hospital in Madrid, explained. The doctor’s advice is hopeless: “among other things, mobile payments should not be used in stores, supermarkets and hotels,” disco said.

In fact, this kind of non-contact payment method is affected, and the fact is still self contradictory even when the new rules for the emergence of epidemics require the avoidance of physical contact. Moreno acknowledged that for sands, the “doomed to disappear” non-contact payment of facial recognition was seriously affected by the obligation to use masks outside the home. However, Moreno believes that in addition to the technology itself – in this case, so-called Biometrics – the impact of the pandemic may change its use. If health problems cannot be identified through the face, recognition will be done through other parts of the body, such as the “wrist vein.”, In his words. “But biometric technology is here to stay,” he said.

In this regard, the expert mentioned a Google project that allows payment through voice authentication. “So far, at the time of purchase, Google assistant has set up the payment method and delivery address in the system. He has enabled the security option on the smart device to verify the user before payment, which means receiving notification on the mobile phone and unlocking the fingerprint or delivery address Your Face.

Now, voice match, Google’s system that identifies multiple users on a single device and provides personalized responses, can also be used to authorize payments, “according to the valley post epidemic Association.

For Moreno, the real problem is sharing some technology. An example of this is the touch screen, which is used by thousands of users every day to buy their traffic tickets or withdraw money from the bank’s ATM and other applications. “Many studies have shown that sars-voc-2 can last for several days on the ground, so if you don’t wash your hands properly after using a shared touch screen, there is a risk of transmission,” Sanz stressed, warning that “the risk is lower than in the air, But it’s still important. ” According to the doctor, the best precaution is to wash hands with alcohol gel immediately before and after using the touch screen.

“Ideally, the sites where these screens are located should provide sterile gel, or if not, use your own gel,” Sanz said, noting that the hygiene use of cleaning agents between customers is “less useful.”. He also doesn’t recommend gloves: “we should put on gloves before using the screen and take them off immediately,” he explains.

“Shared touch screens were out of date before the pandemic, but the rest of these devices are still in use because they are” integrated into the environment in which we operate, namely computers, tablets and smartphones, “Moreno said Similarly, businesses related to applications such as airbnb and Uber have also been affected. These platforms were very successful before the pandemic, with the focus on sharing again.

According to sands, booking accommodation through the first “pandemic” is difficult because “there is a risk of transmission through the air (if ventilation is not adequate, aerosols may stay in the air for a long time) or through surfaces and objects, If they’re not properly cleaned. ” Whether or not a driver rents a transport vehicle through the SEC and other similar agencies, sands added, “if you don’t comply with the recommended safety measures, it’s possible to spread it through the air and on the ground.”.

However, if these principles are followed, “the risk itself is very important, but it is greatly reduced.”. Sanz suggested that when renting housing, the measures should be “only basic and clean items, provide disinfection masks and gels to customers, and rent at least one day between different users for proper cleaning and ventilation”. In the case of car rental with the driver, “clean the vehicle regularly, use masks (driver and customer), one passenger per vehicle, always sit in the back seat, wash hands before and after each trip, provide disinfectant gel and masks on the vehicle, and have windows It should be lowered during driving to promote ventilation. ”

For sands, contrary to what the authorities have promised so far, “by the summer, mass immunization will not be possible, at least by the end of 2021, the pandemic will be out of control, and we will not be able to achieve the immunization generated by mass vaccination, As long as there are no new sars-voc-2 variants, new vaccines need to be developed and re vaccinated with them. ” In this case, restrictions on the use of technologies that may impede the prevention of infection are bound to continue.