Sam Morgan says Govt should roll out text service within days

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Newstalk ZB / NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Thu, 13 Aug 2020, 1:57PM
Sam Morgan says the Ministry of Health could roll out the txt-based Daily Health Check within days, if it chose. "It's already built." (Photo / Wayne Drought)

Sam Morgan says Govt should roll out text service within days

Author
Newstalk ZB / NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Thu, 13 Aug 2020, 1:57PM

Entrepreneur Sam Morgan has a new idea to help contain Covid-19 - and he says the Ministry of Health could roll it out within days if it chooses.

The txt-based Daily Health Check service would send a message to everyone's phones - in the manner of the Civil Defence texts sent on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, only with two-way capability so simple questions could be asked.

There would be a couple of quick questions on first-use (on age, location and pre-existing conditions), then one about feeling any Covid-like symptoms (watch a demo here).

The idea, is once you're registered, your Daily Health Check takes less than 30 seconds.

Morgan sees it as a real-time way for the Government to establish where it should focus its resources, down to the postcode level, at a time when speed is of the essence to prevent runaway community transmission.

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