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Virus app launches for Caribbean

Regional 06 Mar, 2020 Follow News

Coronavirus in the Caribbean can now be monitored on an app

A smartphone app to monitor viruses has launched in Mexico which is relevant to the Caribbean region.

Go.Data, a platform that informs of virus cases and contact data during an outbreak, was rolled out last week in Mexico City by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), and the Ministry of Health of Mexico.

The tool, which can be used by public health professionals involved in outbreak response, allows for the collection of case data, including on laboratory results, hospitalizations and other variables, and enables the control and monitoring of contacts. It also includes info on transmission and the generation of epidemiological curves.

“Go.Data is a powerful tool that will enable countries of the region to investigate cases and outbreaks, and to manage contacts relating to the COVID-19 public health emergency of international concern,” said Sylvain Aldighieri, Deputy Director of the Department of Health Emergencies at PAHO/WHO and Incident Manager for COVID-19.

The tool has been used since 2019 in response to the Ebola outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, as well as for the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh. WHO is now working with its member states and partners to make Go.Data available for the response to COVID-19.

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