This app is for those of us who have no choice, those who must go out and weather the storm.
Every day, I am in a state of anxiety. My dad has not missed a day of work throughout this pandemic. He couldn't even if he wanted to because he's considered an essential worker. Every day, I am just waiting for the other shoe to drop. It's not that I don't trust my dad. It's that I don't trust the people around him. Many of us are afraid and trying to be careful, but a few of us are being reckless and it only takes a few to prolong a pandemic.
If he absolutely must go out, then I'm going to arm him with as much love, knowledge, and personal protective equipment as possible. A contact tracing app IS personal protective equipment.
It's bad enough we're facing a virus never seen before, but then there's heightened racism, so many doctors and nurses dying, hand sanitizer worth more than gold...
I've tried sleeping, writing, laughing, crying...nothing works. I just want everything to go back to normal and I'll do whatever I can to make it happen.
What it does
It is a contact tracing solution that records who a person comes in contact with and notifies them if they have been infected. Echo is portable and versatile, allowing any country to implement a digital solution.
What I learned
- How to think critically about a situation I have never faced before.
- How to use Figma to design and create wireframes.
- What solutions to the pandemic are out there
- How countries are handling the pandemic
- How countries are struggling
What's next for Echo
In the future, I hope to create a stronger community through Echo with forums, fact-checking, more languages, and family accounts.