April 2, 2020
The coronavirus hysteria allows governments to frame any opposition to policies alleged to be intended to fight the coronavirus as wanting to risk people’s lives.
If you oppose being tracked, you oppose saving lives.
A mobile coronavirus tracing app could help to significantly slow the rate of virus transmission if it is built and released quickly, scientists claim.
Researchers from Oxford University have been studying how COVID-19 is transmitted and whether mobile apps could help slow the spread.
In a report for NHSX and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, the Oxford bioethicists say a rapidly built app could bring countries out of lockdown safely.
The UK government is working on its own mobile app that is expected to use bluetooth to identify who coronavirus patients have been in contact with to then trace them.
Ministers hope that it would stop the spread when lockdown is lifted and could avoid future restrictions being needed.
Oxford researchers haven’t built an app but say if they were to build one it would use the bluetooth technology being proposed by the NHS.
Researchers say time is of the essence when it comes to getting the most out of a virus tracing app and it should be launched quickly.
A bluetooth-based app would be enough to meet the requirements of slowing the spread and it wouldn’t need to store or track specific locations.
This technology is already being used by the Singapore government for their app.
The NHS app would require at least 50 per cent of the population to install it for it to work effectively as it relies on remembering who they have been in contact with.
The app would detect other phones in close vicinity using bluetooth signals then store a record of those contacts on the device.
If someone tests positive for COVID-19 they could share those contacts with the NHS and people could then be alerted to isolate.
People will be forced to go along with phone apps that track their every move, vaccines, social distancing and isolation practices, and to give up cash “to fight the virus.”
The government will have total control, total knowledge about individuals, and total access to personal information.
Opposing any of that will mean being charged with attempted murder or biological terrorism.
It raises ‘a key conflict between the need for mass surveillance on the spread of the virus and the issue privacy’, says Mark Skilton from Warwick Business School.
‘Using devices on our mobile phone to monitor certain data and send messages to change people’s behaviour may sound Orwellian, but with this pandemic turning into a long game, we may need to use all the digital tools at our disposal.’
The Oxford team say done properly an app could also reduce the serious, psychological and economic impacts caused by widespread lockdowns.
Critically, the researchers suggest a mobile app can help slow the spread of infection until vaccines and antiviral treatments become widely available.
From the levels of mass hysteria that we’re witnessing right now, it looks like vaccines, once available, will likely be mandatory.
You might even have to get a chip in your hand that shows you’ve gotten the vaccine. Or hey – maybe they’ll let you put it in your forehead.
This pandemic is the silver bullet that will be used to force people to comply with anything.