Covid and tracing, the virologist Andrea Crisanti replies to the criticisms from the center-right area for his proposal on the opportunity to geolocalize those who enter public places to help the tracing in case of positivity to Covid and therefore the war on the virus. “They accuse me of wanting to control and spy on Italians, but I simply said that a solution similar to those adopted in England would be appropriate for Italy, where they use an App to facilitate tracking and, every time a person enters a public space, be it a theater, a cinema, a pub, can scan a QR Code and upload the visited site to the App – says Crisanti – A regime method? Too bad that the country implemented it successfully of the Queen, led by the conservative government of Boris Johnson, not the Soviet of St. Petersburg. “
“It is a reasonable proposal supported by the scientific world and adopted in a democratic country. An important measure,” the director of the Department of Molecular Medicine at the University of Padua told Adnkronos Salute. The subject of the debate is the Immune of the Channel Islands: it is called ‘Nhs Covid-19’, it is an App for digital tracking of Sars-CoV-2 positive contacts that for scientists has worked on British soil, contributing to “curbing the spread of the virus”, as described in an in-depth study published in recent weeks in ‘Nature’. The British App has evolved and now also has extra features like the one that allows you to ‘check-in’ when you go to a place, by scanning your QR code, useful in case of a subsequent notification if the venue in question has positive cases. And this is precisely the function mentioned by Crisanti, who ended up in the crosshairs of the criticisms for the privacy node.
“But I – he specifies – I only pointed out that, when we derogate from the sphere of our privacy by granting the web giants a series of information on what we want, buy, choose, I don’t understand why we cannot donate this information to fight the epidemic “.
The problem is that “the importance of contact tracing is underestimated at the moment when it can work best – reasons Crisanti – And England demonstrates that vaccines are important, but by themselves they are not enough”.
So, continues the virologist, “what I say is: why must these data” on our lives “be managed exclusively by the Big Web and cannot be used for public health measures? I ask this question: do the Italian citizen or politician think that it is more ethical to allow apps like Google, Amazon or Facebook to track and manage this information and data, instead of returning them to the community for such important reasons? I proposed to do in Italy with Immuni what is done in GB with a App of their NHS. Really, I don’t see the point of this criticism. ”