Blockchain application to encourage self-quarantine

The current economic, social and health context caused by the expansion of the COVID-19 pandemic is generating great incentives to find solutions that help to overcome the crisis in the best possible way.

 Blockchain application to encourage self-quarantine

The fight against the pandemic

The current economic, social and health context caused by the expansion of the COVID-19 pandemic is generating great incentives to find solutions that help to overcome the crisis in the best possible way. Many companies related to the world of cryptocurrencies and the development of blockchain technology are joining the fight against COVID-19 by offering technological solutions and even donations of funds to non-profit organizations and hospitals.

** In an effort to combat the outbreak of crownvirus, the government of Hubei (China) has announced a series of measures.

Orbs, an Israeli blockchain company, has released an application designed to record users' self-quarantine time by collecting location data and people's movements. The app is called "Stay at Home Challenge" and it aims to create an incentive for users to stay at home by encouraging them to share their progress with friends and family within the app. The application is available on Google Play and will soon be available for iOS devices. Orbs stated, "We will continue to think of ways we can help in Israel and around the world to overcome these difficult times. We discuss the ideas regularly at company meetings and talks."

** Algorand, the cryptocurrency platform that works with a "proof-of-stake" protocol, has conducted a global survey that aims to compile data and information on the development of the COVID-19 pandemic and compile it on a database open data.

Stay at Home Challenge is one more application that joins the numerous existing applications that track user activity with the aim of promoting self-quarantine. At the University of Cape Town, South Africa, a team of academics developed a blockchain-based application that allows users to verify their own COVID-19 status within the network, with the aim of improving updated information on the amount of infected patients. For their part, China and Russia will also develop their own applications for tracking patients infected with COVID-19 and that allow users to check whether they have had any contact with an infected or potentially infected person.