Russia has come up with a new way to track coronavirus

Izvestia: Rospotrebnadzor creates an epidemiological atlas of the spread of COVID-19

diseases, including coronavirus. It is an electronic map that contains information about the place of residence of infected, recovered and died from a specific infection of residents of Russia, including their house number, Izvestia reports.

Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology named after Academician I.N. Blokhina Rospotrebnadzor. The electronic atlas will help optimize the control of infectious diseases, as well as the emergence of new strains. It will include a collection of maps reflecting the incidence, each of which will correspond to a specific nosology.

A feature of the atlas is the maximum detailing of data down to the street and the patient's house. However, the personal data of Russians will not be on the maps.

“Let me remind you that there are pathogenic diseases that are much more dangerous than COVID-19, and they require close monitoring. With the help of such a map it will be convenient to track outbreaks of rare diseases, ”emphasized a leading researcher at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Moscow State University. M.V. Lomonosov Roman Zinovkin.

However, the leading analyst of SerchInform Leonid Churikov admitted that the project would be interesting not only for doctors and scientists, but also for malefactors. He considers it possible to leak information when transferring data to the system for the atlas. In his opinion, this process should be automated, and the information itself is limited only to statistically important indicators.

On December 6, Rospotrebnadzor confirmed the first cases of the omicron strain in Russia. The virus was found in two citizens who returned from South Africa. These are the first officially reported cases of the new strain in the country.



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