Learning from the Fukushima experience, Safecast launches a COVID-19 global map

Reliable information, and more importantly, being in the control of information, is key to large scale crises. Safecast, an initiative that earned respect from experts and common people across the world for putting citizens in charge of their situation by measuring radiation in their surroundings, has stepped in to help us make sense of the COVID19 pandemic. By creating a global map with experiences of people with coronavirus testing, which can also be accessed in a text format, Safecast aims to put together stories of people who approached their closest medical facilities/authorities for conducting Covid tests. These experiences range from reassuring to harrowing, as Safecast Co-Founder Sean Bonner described in his recent blog using a few samples.

Comparing Covid-19 situation to the Fukushima nuclear accident, Bonner says: “Today the situation is not entirely dissimilar – if someone feels sick and thinks they might have been exposed to COVID-19 a test would allow them to know if they should quarantine themselves so as not to risk infecting others, and would allow them to know if they should be prepared to seek additional medical assistance. Do they go to work or should they stay home? Visit friends and family or isolate themselves? What if an older family member asks for assistance? Without access to testing, people are left wondering, and left to assume the worst – often alone. While we didn’t have a way to immediately get more tests to people, we did have a way to help those people tell their stories – with the hope that enough stories would create a compelling argument that would motivate politicians and governments to increase the availability of testing, to put people’s minds at ease and help people make better educated decisions.”

Citizens can contribute to this map and add their own stories. Here is the Safecast COVID-19 map for the readers of DiaNuke.org:

 

 

 

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