Chilean and Brazilian scientists create method to monitor Covid-19
Santiago de Chile, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Scientists from Chile and Brazil developed a free digital platform to facilitate the tracking, quantification and georeferenced location of confirmed Covid-19 cases.
This allows geographic surveillance, using various characteristics or data, to identify areas where there is a greater incidence of a disease, explained Vinicius Maracaja, a researcher at the Advanced Center for Chronic Diseases and professor at the University of Chile's School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Called Outbreak (in Spanish), it offers the possibility of personalized monitoring of indicators on the new coronavirus pandemic, but unlike other platforms, it can also track the evolution of other diseases over time.
Everything depends on the data and information that is delivered to the system, which in turn are removed from the web in the course of a week, explained the researcher.
Raul Arias, a postdoctoral researcher at the Center and the main author of the study, said that the objective is to give any user the option of loading multiple data containing a geographic location and a date, identifying it by color and making the interpretation of the results more comprehensible.
This allows the tool to have multiple uses and can be used not only for disease surveillance, but also to visualize animal migration or locate accurate data within a municipality, such as theft or infractions, he said.
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