QR Code COVID-19 Tracker a Growing Solution in Mexico CityBy Sofía Hanna | Mon, 11/23/2020 - 20:09
QR codes have been posted outside stores and establishments for clients to register their visit and trace possible contagions. Should a customer were confirmed as a COVID-19 case, a notification will be sent to everyone that was in the store or establishment within the window of contagion.
Between Nov. 18 and Nov. 20, the new program already yielded good results. According to an article by El Universal, the number of warning messages sent reached 5,000 after the confirmation of 67 COVID-19 cases. The downside of this program, as stated by Eduardo Clark García, General Director of Digital Government of the Digital Agency for Public Innovation (ADIP), is the distrust from people to share their personal information, even though the information is stored for only 15 days and then erased. "We do not ask for names, sex, gender, occupation, where you work or medical history. We just ask for the bare minimum to carry out this program, which we believe is very important due to the international evidence that there is of contagion in closed places," said García in an article by El Universal.
Every night, the data from all check-ins is reviewed against the National Epidemiological Surveillance System's positives, which include information from private and public laboratories. The notification reaches people between nine and eleven in the morning and if there is no answer to the text, phone calls are made until an answer is registered, states El Universal. The media says over 75,000 businesses have registered for the program. However, these same businesses do not establish registration as mandatory to enter the facilities. Businesses have faced an issue with senior citizens who do not know how or do not even have a phone to record their visit. However, even if a client does not have a digital tool to scan the code, the store or establishment should do the registry, states an article from Expansión.
The businesses that have to implement the use of QR codes, in terms of priority, are gyms, shopping centers, sports clubs, banks, casinos, museums, restaurants, department stores, religious services providers and public offices, as stated by Expansión.