Tracking Devices Used to Enforce Quarantines - But Unnecessarily

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There's a Less Expensive Way to Begin Enforcing Coronavirus Quarantines

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There's a Less Expensive Way to Begin Enforcing Coronavirus Quarantines

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 3, 2020) - Louisville has ordered several COVID-19 patients and a family member to wear tracking devices to enforce a quarantine, and, in another similar situation, posted armed deputies outside a quarantined man's house.

It's high time authorities began to enforce quarantines to prevent even more unnecessary deaths, but there is a much less expensive way to insure compliance, suggests public interest law professor John Banzhaf.

Banzhaf says the following shocking situations show why better enforcement is required

* Although an entire family was asked by health officials to quarantine after the mother reported coronavirus symptoms, the father took his daughter to a crowded school gala only two days later and, as a result, two schools were forced to close.

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* A medical center employee who was told to voluntarily quarantine instead decided to go to a crowded student mixer, and now a close contact has contracted the coronavirus.
* Another man subject to home quarantine was ordered to return to work where he is likely to infect others.
* A young man who has tested positive for coronavirus ignored health advice to self-isolate and instead went back to work at a major hotel.

Thus, what is urgently needed, says Banzhaf, are for governmental bodies to begin using simple and inexpensive means for monitoring compliance with voluntary quarantines.

Posting guards, or having police knock on hundreds of doors several times a day to insure compliance with a quarantine simply is not feasible, he argues.

Even better, suggests Banzhaf, is inexpensive and readily available software which can determine with considerable accuracy the identity of a person from the sound of his voice on a telephone, or at least detect if the new voice matches a sample he previously recorded.

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So, to help insure compliance with a voluntary quarantine in any dwelling with a home telephone, a computer could easily be programmed to call the person, at random times several times each day at his home telephone number, and ask him to repeat a sequence of random words (to insure that the voice it hears is not prerecorded) to be sure that he is remaining in his home.

A similar verification process could be used by having the person voluntarily quarantined called from time to time on his cell phone, since a GPS-equipped cell phone can be located with great precision with simple monitoring/tracking programs.  @profbanzhaf


Source: Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
Filed Under: Government

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