The lock-down may be getting very difficult and defining a new normal but the world still has it better. When compared to previous epidemics and disastrous situations, this time we have the Internet to our rescue. A lot of businesses would have crumbled sooner and on personal levels, people would have not had such easy means for communication if it were not for the internet.
Mental health apps might help to decrease stress
The widespread media coverage on COVID-19, combined with social distancing measures, can make us feel anxious and stressed. There are smartphone apps backed up by research that can help people to cope with this difficult time. Therefore, it is critical that we take advantage of the digital tools at our disposal.
The caution of these health and wellness apps is that many people download them, but most use them only for a short period of time. This may be because many apps are not personalized and engaging enough, leading to their users quickly losing interest. We may be able to use data science to improve these apps.
Apps can allow us to track COVID-19 symptoms
Multiple governments, universities and companies have ferociously been working on apps that allow people to track their COVID-19 symptoms and other health information, and receive updates on who in their surroundings has contracted the virus. This will eventually give researchers a gigantic datasets, to assess why COVID-19 symptoms vary so widely across people, and potentially identify where outbreaks are starting.
However, the use of these apps is not without significant risks, critics say that this could lead to increased government surveillance even after the pandemic is over, at the cost of the public’s privacy.
Mobile apps could help to distribute reliable information
Our country has utilizing websites and social messaging platforms on a daily basis to keep the population informed and advised about what to do to reduce the risk of infection. Similarly, doctors and health institutions could make use of social media and text-messaging to provide accurate information to their patients and the public.
social media platforms are notorious for spreading misinformation ,Large social media platforms are reportedly taking steps to remove false content or conspiracy theories about the pandemic and distribute reliable information, such as developed by the World Health Organization. However, because of the overload of information on social media, that misinformation might spread too fast for these algorithms. After all, false news may spread more rapidly than factual information on social media platforms.