With the Movement Control Order (MCO) issued by the Malaysian government to curb the spread of COVID-19, Malaysians are encouraged to stay home, socially distance themselves, and undergo self-quarantine for 14 days if they have returned from abroad. However, one individual from each household is allowed to leave their home to purchase essential items. This leaves room for the virus to spread as asymptomatic carriers come into contact with others.
During this period, contact tracing is key in controlling the spread of the disease. Though tedious and time consuming, it is necessary to identify individuals to seek care at the fastest speed possible to allow medical intervention or quarantine scenarios.
“We built CovCT in a bid to provide authorities from different countries a solution to gather information on the movement and spread of the virus. If contact tracing is done well, it provides an early indicator of how best to plan and allocate scarce resources such as ICU beds, respirators, and medication. For good contact tracing data to be gathered, everyone in their respective communities must do their part to fight this virus. We designed CovCT as a simple and easy to use system that allows users to enter information as soon as they scan a CovCT QR code at any of the locations that have enlisted on the platform, as more locations come on-board we hope to gather valuable information that could help health authorities across the globe stave off this pandemic" said Praburaajan Selvarajan, CEO of Madison Technologies.
Praburaajan further explained, “As everyone’s goal is to stay safe during this pandemic, we together with our partners and communities would like to do our parts in flattening the curve. Our desire is to empower and encourage everyone to keep themselves and others safe through this platform. We have designed the CovCT platform to protect the safety of all personal data. The data collected will be stored privately and anonymised on the platform and will not be shared with any individuals, businesses or the locations where the users have checked in. Instead, the data will be held in trust until requested by relevant local authorities who will, with their respective contact tracing protocols choose to contact these users.”
Elya Eusoff, General Manager of Ruder Finn Malaysia applauded the effort and shared “This is a great initiative by Madison Technologies by assisting in monitoring the movement of potential asymptomatic carriers to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 not only in Malaysia, but also in other affected parts of the world. We strongly believe that the CovCT platform can speed up the contact tracing efforts, while keeping the public informed on the affected areas to prevent further spread.”
Building managements, business owners and even community leaders from across the globe can participate in this movement by registering their venue on the CovCT website, www.covct.org. Upon registration, a CovCT kit will be provided which includes instructions and the unique QR Code poster. This can be printed and placed around the surrounding area of the registrant’s location*. It is encouraged that the locations ensure all visitors check-in and make any contact tracing effort more manageable for health authorities across the globe.
*QR codes provided are unique to each location. If you are a business brand with multiple outlets in various locations, you will need to register all your locations and receive individual CovCT kits
Users can then participate in the contact tracing effort via CovCT in 3 simple steps:
1. Scan the QR code at the location visited
2. Fill up the details required
3. Ensure that your check-in is successful
With the introduction of CovCT that will be available globally for all communities for free, Madison Technologies hopes to encourage and empower all businesses, communities, and individuals to stay safe and be responsible wherever they may be by participating in the contact tracing efforts during this global pandemic.