It Takes A Village .. And An Army

For the ‘new normal’, that is.

It takes a village to:

  • Support each other.
  • Protect each other through our behaviors.
  • Stay connected to each other.

It will take an Army to do Contact Tracing.

The short bit (by no means complete .. I’m sure I’m missing lots) all starts with testing .. well beyond only those who are showing symptoms.

Those who test positive for COVID-19:

  • Self-quarantined.
  • Interviewed for their location and contact history (i.e., where were they in the community, with whom did they interact, etc.).
  • Get well.

Those who test negative for COVID-19:

  • Tested for Antibodies.
  • Interviewed for contact history.
  • Evaluated for their ability to donate antibodies.

Anyone that shows up on the interview list is:

  • Tested.
  • If Positive, see above.
  • If negative, see above.

I am omitting a lot of detail in the above, but that’s the gist.

As to the level of effort. Thursday, New York revealed a report where they expanding their testing activity along these lines, testing 3,000 random people in public spaces over 2 days, in 19 counties and 40 localities. ~13.9% of people tested positive antibodies (which means they are among The Resolved). Some bags of salt as this is early:

  • These were folks who were out and about .. may or may not have been quarantined.
  • Likely not essential workers as out and about during the day.
  • No emphasis to capture any broad scope of age, demographic, race, etc.
  • .. other stuff.

The numbers are big .. if accurate and almost 14% of people are immune, we can work with that number in the journey toward recovery.

It’s an early study, though. Happily, NBC News breaks it down in more detail: “What we can (and can’t) take away from New York’s antibody testing results” .. worth a read as is “Contact Tracing Study“, which links to an early-release CDC paper from a study in China.

Village or Army, it still takes all of us to:

Last, “Please Don’t Inject Disinfectant Into Your Body“. Please.

Stay connected. Stay safe. Stay home.

About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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