How to stop the next pandemic with your iPhone, new study says
Posted On July 27, 2021
Experts are calling for an end to smartphone-based health monitoring.
The World Health Organization released its report on pandemic surveillance Monday, which said the United States needs a system for tracking all health-related events on smartphones.
The U.S. has about 1.2 million smartphone users, or 1.8% of the population, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.
But the report said the U.K. had more than 1.1 million smartphone owners, or 6.4% of all mobile phone users.
The study also called for “robust measures” to prevent the next massive pandemic.
“It is vital that governments adopt surveillance strategies that enable the effective detection of and response to emerging infectious diseases, particularly in countries that are already experiencing pandemic,” said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan.
Chan said it was imperative that governments “work together to ensure the most effective surveillance and response strategies are available to protect all people, including those who are vulnerable to pandemic-related health risks.”
Chan, who is the United Nations’ top health official, warned the U to “do everything in its power to stop a pandemic from occurring.”