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Shoshana Feld-Sobol
11-26-2020
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COVID-19 Transmission is Invisible – We’re Shining a Light on it

The Genesis Prize Foundation and Startup Nation Central teamed up on an initiative in the pursuit of protection and prevention to tackle the global crisis caused by COVID-19. Neura’s co-founder Ori Shaashua, presented Neura’s COVID-19 solution in a video here, which explains our response to coronavirus. 

COVID-19 is invisible, transmission is invisible, as long as we cannot see it, we cannot stop the chain of infection. 

Currently, municipalities and governments know which of their citizens have tested positive, but aren’t able to capture the full extent of the virus’s reach because not everyone gets tested when they show signs of symptoms. More importantly however, is that once a person is reported positive and self-isolates, seeding and spreading has already occurred. Therefore, our biggest governments are operating with the limited knowledge of who is infected with coronavirus, and where those positive individuals live with little to no information on the tangible insights that would help fundamentally stop the spread of the virus. 

Seeding and spreading occur 10-17 days before a person tests positive for coronavirus. In that time, the positive patient has moved around from a variety of places, unknowingly spreading the virus. 

As the status quo remains the norm, and new cases continue to emerge, cases and deaths will continue to climb. 

In order to prevent the spread, as opposed to identifying where the virus already exists, critical insights are needed, which will fundamentally alter how governments react and respond to coronavirus. These insights will help flatten the curve and mitigate the detrimental effects it has on individual lives, the medical system, and the economy at large. 

Neura’s COVID-19 response platform shines a light to detect the invisible threat. Identifying key indicators such as behavioral attributes of people spreading the virus such as super-spreaders, social-spreaders, encounters, and social distancing. Mobility indicators such as where people with the virus are frequently traveling to, what cities they are exiting from, most and least compliant neighborhoods, and high transmission areas. 

These key insights equip policy makers with the insights they need to see the spread of infection, before it occurs. Thus deploying essential resources such as screening, additional testing, and education in order to stop the chain of infection. 

By fusing epidemiological and behavior data, Neura’s COVID-19 response platform shines a light on transmission, acting as a brain that predicts the next outbreak, and empowers health organizations to apply preventative and precise measures while also allowing for responsible economic recovery. By applying differential measures – countries can maximize economic growth while minimizing risk, in turn, saving a tremendous amount of lives.  

Since the first lockdown from coronavirus occurred, Neura’s team has worked to expand our behavior intelligence platform to generate indicators that identify transmission, as it occurs in real time. Insights include: human encounters, the rate of social distancing, the level in which people are exposed to the virus, as well as hotspot areas in each neighborhood, drilling down to the building level.

We work with health organizations and governments around the world helping them make smarter decisions, avoid transmission, deploy appropriate resources in the most needed areas, educate where additional safety protocols need to be shared, and fundamentally changing the trajectory of the pandemic. Neura is used as the key tool to predict and prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

For additional information on the Genesis Prize check here.

To watch the complete video of Ori Shaashua speaking about Neura’s COVID-19 solution, click here.

For additional information about the event and collaboration, see this media article.