How CCTV Security Cameras is Helping Control Covid-19

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In today’s time of the pandemic, Singapore, together with South Korea, Israel, and other nations, are being praised for their exceptional management of COVID-19. The focal point is their use of extensive testing programs, but what is not being talked about is their comprehensive utilization of surveillance cameras, particularly CCTV security cameras, in an effort to pinpoint those who need to be tested.

Read on and find out how these technological tools were effectively as well as efficiently used to address the said health issue.

Identifying affected individuals

In cases that the said nations managed to pinpoint, CCTV security cameras were used since they allowed their healthcare workers to distinguish individuals who had close contact with COVID-19 positive individuals. They were then found and tested later on.

Yes, there are still dead spots or areas without these cameras. However, since they are very minimal, healthcare workers were able to perform the said tasks without taking  much time, a valuable factor when it comes to addressing a pandemic.

With regard to CCTV security cameras, it should be noted that in 2014, South Korean cities had approximately 8 million of them or about one camera for every 6.3 individuals. Also, in 2010, residents were captured at an average of 83.1 times per day and, when travelling, every 9 seconds. While we do not have present data for this, it is safe to say that the numbers would be much higher today. With regard to Singapore, according to a 2019 report from Comparitech.com, there are about 15.25 cameras per 1,000 people.

Examine patient movement

The use of CCTV security cameras coupled with the utilization of other modern tools such as smartphone apps as well as geographic information systems, allowed health authorities to compare the movements of earlier patients. With the said cutting-edge tools, they were able to compare where, when, and from whom potential new patients were infected.

Take Singapore’s TraceTogether App for example, it utilizes smartphone bluetooth technology to see if potential carriers had close contact with others. Employed with contact tracing, it drastically boosted the state-nation’s slow infection rate.

Ensure quarantine guidelines

It is also important to note that in China, government-installed CCTV security cameras were placed in front of residential facilities during their 14-day quarantine period to ensure that people did not leave their homes. In addition to this, drones were also used to remind their citizens to wear masks and digital barcodes on mobile phones (through the use of apps) were utilized to highlight their health status. 

Summing up

These are only a few of the positive contributions of CCTV security cameras when it comes to controlling COVID-19. Putting these factors into consideration, it is safe to say that the said cameras are not just beneficial in boosting security in homes and commercial establishments, but can also prevent the spread of the said infectious disease.

Yes, we do still have a long way to go with regards to our battle with COVID-19, but with technological advancements such as CCTV security cameras and mobile apps, we can simplify the whole process and the same time makes it more effective as well as efficient. 

References: 

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/covid-19-coronavirus-south-korea-cases-test-data-surveillance-12559252

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/27/coronavirus-surveillance-used-by-governments-to-fight-pandemic-privacy-concerns.html