As a way of contributing to the efforts in combating the COVID-19 pandemic currently rocking the globe, Algorand has devised a global poll dedicated to the compilation of the status, symptoms and the spread of the COVID-19 virus with the intent of creating an accessible database to the public.
The company as at March 27th, made this known through a tweet in which it stated that its ‘IReportCovid’ survey app would serve to contribute to a global data archive, updating in real time, the relief efforts of the pandemic.
The lack of real-time data about the pandemic led to the innovation of the survey and according to Algorand, the initiative sought to address the lack of real-time data about the pandemic emanating from individuals within the community. In order to allow permanent and open access, survey responses are posted publicly to the Algorand block chain.
The poll asks basic information such as age, location, gender, if respondents have exhibited or been tested or treated for COVID-19, and whether they have entered into self-isolation. Additionally, respondents are not able to change or remove the information that they share and are encouraged to repeatedly update their answers as their condition changes. Also, Individuals who do not have the virus are encouraged to participate and update their answers if their status change.
The head of research at the Algorand Foundation, Dr. Tal Rabin, stressed that one of key requirements in the fight against the pandemic was the need for accurate information.
In his words he said, “Very little information is coming directly from the people in the community. I hope more people in the world will respond to the questionnaires in our app so that we can gather meaningful information.”
Algorand’s survey comes handy amid an increasing number of corona virus relief campaigns provided by major players within the cryptocurrency community. Algorands will publish the compiled statistics and launch tools for analyzing the database as data is compiled from the poll.