New Samsung app to Remind Users to Wash Hands

As more and more specialists insist on the importance to wash hand to help control the spread of the disease, is no wonder that app developers come up with creative apps to remind us to wash hands and also tell us how to do it properly.

The app reminds users to clean hands. This measure is key when it comes to preventing infection. Actually, is recommended strongly by the WHO that people wash their hand for at least 20 seconds for the measure to really work. The app featured on Samsung’s Galaxy Watch reminds us to do this on a regular basis for at least that amount of time. According to Samsung in an official report.

Why this app is useful?

The new Samsung app is useful because it helps the users to create a healthy habit of frequently washing hands. At the same time, it allows to track this activity and monitor our routines over a period.

You turn on the app in five seconds and then it gives you 20 seconds for washing hands. After 25 seconds the app provides feedback on the hand wash cycle. It also notifies when you miss a scheduled session. You can get the app at the Galaxy Store.

With the app, you can also schedule a watch face and it tracks every schedule session to keep track of hygiene.

Two weeks only to create the app

The people that created the new Samsung app, developed it in only two weeks while working from home. It was a joint project between the UX and wearable teams from SRI-B. They manage to work remotely during this period of coronavirus crisis.

This app makes it easy!

It’s funny how many tricks during this lockdown period we have adopted to make sure we wash hands well. From singing happy birthday while washing hands and singing your favorite movie soundtrack to the old count to 20 while at it. All to make sure we do it well according to the WHO guidelines.

WHO app
WHO Coronavirus app

But as the days go by you might forget and not do it as regularly as it should be. This new Samsung app will surely make things easy for many.

Technology to help control the spread of the coronavirus.

After the coronavirus situation in China crossed over to the rest of the world, every instrument known to man has been put to use to control the spread of the virus.

Technology is part of that. With internet development, people have been able to adjust their work system and work from home, remotely. It has helped to safely stay at home and keep earning an income in the middle of an almost general economic shutdown.

App to detect Coronavirus.

Another area where technology has stepped up is the development of apps and web tools to detect coronavirus. Preventing the collapse of health systems and effectively safe lives.

There are hundreds of thousands of people that want to know whether they are infected. App and web development such as these help users to self-determine their risk level and also get information as to where to go and what to do in case they experience the disease symptoms.

The goal here is that the community uses the app before going to the hospital to prevent a collapse in those care centers. The app work as a clinical consult. With questions like do you have a fever, respiratory problems, or gastric problems?

Two or more symptoms

If the user experiences two or more symptoms then the app recommends taking the test at one of the designated centers. With the app, doctors can also prevent congestion of the emergency rooms in hospitals.

Another important data that the app collects is where the patients live which allows the study of the virus epidemiology.

Tools to keep people informed

Another app is ‘Coronavirus Checker’ (https://c19check.com/start). It is available also in Spanish. The online tool, developed in the Emory University Hospital, evaluates the risk that patients have; whether they should take the test or call the doctor.

Apple, together with the CDC created the web www.apple.com/covid19  and the COVID-19 app available for free on the App Store. The goal is to help people to keep informed and take the right measures during the coronavirus pandemic. Both tools follow the guidelines of the CDC, the White House, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

It also helps with anxiety.

They recommend it for all those out there that suffer from anxiety during these trying times. The purpose of the test is educational and doctors warn that it cannot replace professional assistance. If you believe to be gravely ill or someone around you is, call a doctor or 911 at once

Collaborative citizen information.

These types of tools are very important to governments to manage risk and evaluate different courses of action to prevent the spread of the information.

People on the subway
Citizens wearing face masks sitting on the subway

Governments have created web platforms and apps to monitor the status of the spread of the virus in different areas simultaneously. With this information, they can certainly generate heat maps of the disease and study the virus epidemiologically.

Besides providing information to the people and advise what to do in case they present symptoms they can also use these tools as the epidemic moves through different phases. It can also be useful to re-activate the economy in certain strategic sectors and move to smart isolation.

The issue of privacy and data protection.

To gather information for heat maps or other statistical epidemiological information, the identity of the people will probably not be requested, as well as other sensitive information.

As the epidemic progresses through different phases, is possible that the governments use those tools to manage risk and evaluate different decisions.

As a result, sensitive information may be requested. Therefore, it is very important that at each stage they explain how they work, how they manage the personal data, and regarding user’s privacy. What kind or encrypting methods and safety protocols will be used.

They must explain how long the data will be store for and what happens with the data once the emergency phase concludes.

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