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Current playbooks for responding to a tornado or a hurricane likely don’t include the need to consider social distancing in emergency shelters or how to get help from other states when a widespread health crisis is underway.
The Emergency Benefits for Independent Workers Program Act would establish an emergency portable benefits fund for states to use for unemployed workers and to help modernize their IT systems.
The additional responsibilities state and local IT shops have taken on in the wake of the pandemic have stretched their already thin resources, but the work administering hundreds of federal programs may finally open the door for federal cybersecurity funding.
Researchers at MIT were able to draw a direct correlation between quarantine measures and a reduction in the effective reproduction number of the virus.
Contact tracing apps use smartphones’ GPS and Bluetooth functions to collect and share data about where users have been and with whom they’ve come in contact.
Pooling data from the digital records systems in thousands of hospitals has proved a technical nightmare, largely because software built by rival technology firms often cannot retrieve and share information to help doctors judge which coronavirus treatments are helping patients recover.
To supplement the thousands of frontline public health workers required for contact tracing, some governments are considering an smartphone-based approach.
With no national plan and scant federal dollars on the horizon, states are funding their own contact-tracing initiatives for what experts predict will be a massive undertaking lasting 18 months to two years, until a vaccine is developed.
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