Uber Launches Service To Help Public Health Officials With COVID-19 Contact Tracing
Given that COVID-19 cases across the world are seeing a jump in number every day, Uber has come out with a solution to curb its spread. Uber launched a service recently that offers public health officials quick access to data on drivers and riders that might have come into contact with a COVID-19-infected person, reports Reuters.
This new service by Uber is being offered free of cost and is being specifically promoted to government health officials across all countries that Uber operates in. With the new service, health departments can get data about people who used Uber’s services, when they used it, and will help them take decisions are quarantine the affected users. This information can be accessed by health departments in just a “few hours” since the company considers COVID-19 an emergency. Uber has long been providing its data to health departments in the US, however, it had not been put to use so far.
As per the health officials and experts, Ride-hailing data could serve an important role in identifying a larger set of people that aren’t part of the direct social circle of an infected individual.”This data could be potentially life-saving in cities where many people use those services,” said Mieka Smart, an epidemiology professor at Michigan State University.
The report states that Uber has observed a surge in contact tracing requests from countries that had been applauded for their “initial success” in containing the virus including Australia and New Zealand.