By Data-Smart City Solutions • May 8, 2020

STAT: VENTILATORS WILL SIT UNUSED WITHOUT A NATIONAL DATA-SHARING PLAN

According to this article, authored by data specialists and medical doctors, the United States will not be able to effectively address the current ventilator shortage without collecting comprehensive and transparent data. Real-time information on equipment shortages across the country, using technology with data interoperability, means that hospitals could share ventilators by need and address the mismatch of resources that is leading to shortages nationwide.   

THE GUARDIAN: COVID-19 TRACKING APP MUST SATISFY HUMAN RIGHTS AND DATA LAWS 

Many governments are using — or planning to use — mobile tracking applications to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. Since these apps are new, this article outlines concerns over data privacy and how governments can utilize technology that prioritizes privacy without compromising the epidemiological purpose.  

 

SMART CITIES WORLD: SACRAMENTO ASKS ITS INNOVATORS TO RESPOND TO COVID-19

The city of Sacramento is tapping innovative companies for novel solutions to various challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For instance, one proposed idea is using robots to deliver food to city residents. Innovators can submit their ideas on the city’s new, official “one-stop shop” portal; submissions are then reviewed by city staff and external innovation partners. 

THE NEW YORK TIMES: IS IT SAFE TO COME OUT OF LOCKDOWN? CHECK THE SEWER

The new front on the fight against COVID-19 might be underground; data from sewer systems has found the presence of the novel coronavirus before cases started appearing in the communities. Sewage data has been used to track other disease outbreaks, and scientists and public officials are hopeful that monitoring wastewater systems will reveal where the virus is spreading, so that it can be targeted in those areas. 

 

REUTERS: TACKLING VIRUS HOTSPOTS IN CITY SLUMS HINDERED BY LACK OF DATA

Globally, billions of people live in informal settlements without access to running water or sanitation. It is challenging for governments to collect accurate data on these settlements normally, but the lack of information is particularly dangerous during the current pandemic. Some governments are using satellite images or drones to map out the settlements, so they can plan how to address outbreaks and prioritize care in these areas.

 

U.N. WOMEN: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS DATA COLLECTION DURING COVID-19 

The global quarantine and stay-at-home orders are helping slow the spread of COVID-19, but have unfortunately led to a significant increase in domestic/interpersonal violence around the world. The United Nations’ brief on “Violence Against Women and Girls Data Collection During COVID-19” makes recommendations for data collection on COVID-19 related gender-based violence, and explains why it is crucially important to collect this information during the pandemic.