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Using simple technology to save lives from COVID-19


In the months of March and April, India had comparatively a lower number of COVID-19 cases than other European countries, the USA, and China. But in the later months of the global pandemic, India has seen a sudden rise in the cases. The Indian government had imposed a countrywide lockdown during the months of March and April. Some states in the country which had seen a great rise in the number of cases extended this lockdown. These states include Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, and many more. 


Talking about the city of Ahmedabad, in the state of Gujarat, the COVID-19 cases had a drastic increase. Udit Bhatia, a graduate of Northeastern University, had predicted the same. If the lockdown in Ahmedabad is lifted before the 30th of July, the cases would drastically rise this was stated by the IIT professor. According to facts, Ahmedabad is a hotspot in the country and accounts for 75% of the cases of Gujarat. 


The cases only seem to be rising with no effect of any stricter restrictions or the lockdown. Udit and a few people of his team decided to come up with something that would not only minimise but also prevent the rising cases. They initially started by making a dashboard in the populated city of Ahmedabad. The dashboard basically mapped the entire city. The map marked the green, orange, red, and the containment zones of the city. People should avoid several containment zones that are marked on the map. The dashboard seems like a perfect plan for the people to prevent the spread of the virus. 


The dashboard marks heavily congested zones and also the traffic. When it marks these things, it helps people to make their way through lesser congested areas to travel. Bhatia also points out the “curse of connectivity” which has led to a steady increase in cases. His dashboard has reached out to government organisations of other states. They have sought his help to create something similar for their states. This dashboard does seem like one of the most effective ways to reduce the cases. Nevertheless, masks and social distancing norms are the precautionary measures that everyone must follow. 


Priyal Jhaveri