Get the UK going again

A comprehensive system of Covid 19 track and trace using; 1) GPS App, 2) massive testing and logging of Covid infections 3) social responsibility and engagement

1) GPS app is essential as a proxy immunity tool. If your GPS app says you are OK, then you are OK
a) Everyone must have access to either the app or a free issue compatible GPS app - linked to the person by a unique identifier (national insurance number for adults and something else for children
b) Covid proximity alert from app requires individual to self isolate until tested. Testing available on walk in same day basis
c) If anyone tests positive, they isolate for 2 weeks and then until negative test
d) Workplaces that do not allow GPS devices to have weekly workplace testing programs - everyone else required to carry the device when outside the home
e) Social responsibility program to get people to always carry the device
f) Monthly testing for everyone to back up the app

All the above steps create a 'passport' that allows schools, universities, workplaces, and sports teams and social environments to operate with acceptable level of risk

Massive effort is required and the system must be comprehensive and fully linked - individual steps will only provide a limited benefit

Why the contribution is important

Current steps were required to slow the Covid virus and buy time.
However, Covid 19 will be with us for years and we need to get the economy, schools, universities, sports etc going again or we will go bankrupt and go crazy.

by UKbacktowork on May 08, 2020 at 11:26AM

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  • Posted by NoIdeology May 08, 2020 at 11:37

    I agree with this rational suggestion but would add that there needs to be a measure of protection built in. It would be relatively easy, political will allowing, to pass legislation that makes it illegal for any organisation or individual to use the app beyond the crisis. This could be enforced with substantial custodial sentences for transgression.
  • Posted by firehorse May 08, 2020 at 12:22

    In principle I would be ok with the above suggestion, but agree with NoIdeology there must be a legal frame work to deal with the data usage after the crisis. We have already seen cyber attacks and companies selling on personal information, and maybe not this government but future government could misuse information. I also think that the use of Social responsibility program is just a pipe dream, I see that by the lack of people following the social distancing already. The only way it would work is to put in place a legal requirement for people to comply, with hefty fines to prevent breeches. Not sure if people are willing to loss that personal freedom.
  • Posted by UKbacktowork May 11, 2020 at 13:30

    This isn't intended to be a final strategy. The point is that neither the NHS app or testing can solve anything on their own - we need a bold, multisiciplinary, joined up strategy rather than a bit of this and a bit of that
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