日本天才少年發明防疫神器 眾驚呼「比唐鳳厲害」

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【看CP學英文】要防止新冠疫情持續擴散一大關鍵在於追蹤感染者所經途徑以及接觸史,以便進行檢測並隔離。

Curbing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic rests on knowing where infected people have been and who they’ve come in contact with so they can be tested and treated.

與一般年輕人一樣,16歲的Syu Kato喜歡滑板、火星人布魯諾和漢堡;不同的是他發揮程式設計專長利益社會大眾。

Like many teens, 16-year-old Syu Kato loves skateboarding, Bruno Mars and hamburgers. But he’s putting his knack for programming to good use.

Kato設計了一款iPhone軟體,利用衛星系統追蹤每個人所經之路線,以方便日後回溯相關接觸史。

Kato has designed an iPhone software application that uses GPS so individuals can keep their own records of their whereabouts in their mobile phone, to help with such contact tracing.

直譯為「足跡」的應用程式 ‘Asiato’,可以追蹤距離手機10公尺以內的範圍。目前這款APP的英文版已開放於Apple store免費下載。

Called Asiato, for “footprint,” the app keeps track of a phone’s movements within a distance of 10 meters (33 feet) or more. An English version of the app is available free from the iPhone App Store.

這個APP就像電子日記一樣,紀錄所有歷史途徑。為了保護個人隱私,軟體將所有資料存入手機內,而非直接公開。

The app works like a diary but keeps track of locations. To protect privacy, the data is stored in the phone and is not automatically shared.

若有人發現自己染有新冠肺炎,Asiato可以馬上回溯使用者近期活動範圍。若被要求,感染者須自行將資料提供給其他人和衛生單位。

If a person discovers they have COVID-19, Asiato identifies where they’ve been in the past several weeks. They would need to reach out on their own to people they may have infected, or inform health authorities if asked.

Kato表示,日本的國家緊急狀態並未強制限制人民出門,因此追蹤民眾的路線不但可以有效緩解疫情擴散,盼全球經濟復甦之後能普及應用。

Under Japan’s pandemic state of emergency, citizens are asked, not ordered, to stay home. Keeping track of their movements remains a crucial way to help control the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. It also could be used elsewhere as economies reopen around the world, Kato said.

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