Summary of complex challenges and solutions

Several complex challenges were identified for which solutions were developed and proposed. All this is collected in a comprehensive 150+ page research paper that is still being worked on.

  1. Isolation/shielding of risk persons is necessary to lower the health impact

In case of a second wave, Corona Reduit offers a voluntary means to slow the spread among risk persons while the low risk majority acquires herd immunity. This concept (in combination with other targeted measures) is superior to universal lockdown both medically as well as socially, economically, and politically. It leads to less cases with severe outcomes and a drastically reduced economic burden

2. Insufficient statistical data

The project team has collected large volumes of worldwide data from conventional and innovative sources. This improves general understanding of the pandemic and the political responses to it. It also makes the high-risk group more clearly identifiable. Extensive analysis of risk groups and epidemiological data from conventional and innovative sources beyond common visualizations is a byproduct of Corona Reduit that was used by other hackathon participants/teams and scientists outside of the hackathon framework.

3. Risk factors are not well identified

Evaluation of global data pool and extensive scientific literature review provided valuable, multivariant insight into risk factors. This information will be shared with interested parties.

4. Scope of Swiss risk group

Was estimated via a collection of demographic data for Swiss populations concerning pre-existing conditions and socio-economics circumstances.

5. Prevention and reduction of risk factors

Certain risk conditions may be worked on in health improvement programs that include physical exercise, diet, supplementation, and fine tailoring of medications. Voluntary participation in preventative medicine studies during Corona Reduit might yield scientific discoveries.

6. Hygiene best practices are needed to minimize infection risk

Hygiene requirements can be adopted from existing concepts for hotels, nursing homes, and hospitals. The biggest challenge are asymptomatic virus carriers. Symptomatic persons are identifiable with fever measurements, virus testing and self-reporting.

7. Participants need a means to register

The Corona Reduit registration website should be low barrier and easy to use to facilitate access by seniors. Hotels need a registration form as well.

8. General economic activity is depressed due to lockdown, affecting the hotel industry enormously

Corona Reduit creates a WIN/WIN situation instead of the government paying the hotel industry to NOT work, i.e. a lose/lose situation. Risk persons are protected while the paralyzed hotel and tourism industry is enabled to generate positive value instead of being effectively shut down and entirely dependent on government support. If risk persons are protected individually, a general lockdown is avoidable.

9. Financing of Corona Reduit

The costs should be largely financed by the federal government with a cost sharing quota for risk persons. Compared to universal lockdown, the cost for the government would be negligible.

10. Legal framework

The preparation of blueprints for legal documents should be organized on the level of stakeholder associations. This course of action is crucial in order to achieve codification of best practices and low transaction costs. Neither risk persons nor individual hotels should have to contemplate much on legal matters.

11. Complexity of the concept requires coordination

The concept should be transferred to and strategized with Corona Reduit stakeholder associations: seniors, pre-existing conditions, hotels, tourism, and governmental bodies at all levels of the federal system (federal, canton, county). The initiators are offering voluntary, free of charge support.

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