The beginning of the year had a rough start right after China reporting the first case of the coronavirus. Soon the world would be reporting similar cases and that’s when everyone started doing everything they can to contain the virus as well as save the lives of those who have been infected.
As of today, in April, the cases in China has reduced and people are slowly getting back to their regular lives. Most industries has re-opened and resume operations like manufacturing industries and retail to start catering to the majority of consumers even though they fear that consumer buying may be low due to uncertainties.
Majority of companies especially small businesses are heavily effected by the virus in which they are placing priorities to prevent going bankrupt. It is said that the government in China will be aiding businesses and their citizens by reducing the tax rates.
With people going out more now, it can be challenging to ensure that the safety in the public’s health and to avoid the virus from spreading again.
How Did China overcome the Virus?
China took immediate action back in January by putting cities with high cases in quarantine and implementing strict rules during the time of the lockdown. Building more hospitals which was reported to be done in 2 days to prepare for the mass treatment of those infected. They also implement extra measures to ensure they are able to contain the virus and to get as many infected citizens as they can to prevent spreading.
Schools and businesses had to be closed down as well as limitations of public transports.
Isolation is Key
Everyone was ordered to isolate themselves in their homes especially the ones who have come in contact with the ones that are infected with the virus. Residents will need a formal pass to get in and out of their apartments and homes. Access to food stores was limited to once every few days.
In February, authorities in Wuhan went door-to-door for health checks and isolating residents in hospitals and temporary quarantine shelters. Security guards at resident homes and apartments had to check temperatures, deciding who is allowed to enter and inspecting delivered foods and medicines.
Businesses shifted jobs during the virus
The main priority is to contain the virus and majority of companies took this opportunity to help their country by changing their jobs to cater for the virus. From manufacturing companies to start producing safety materials and masks for hospitals to other industries providing food delivery.
Construction companies to aid in building more hospitals. Some were even assigned to be contact tracers, they were suited up and trained to find people that were infected.
The medical side took necessary actions
The hospitals in China ensured that the testing for the virus is easily accessible and free. In the beginning of the outbreak, it took them awhile to confirm if someone is infected as it takes about 14 days before they show symptoms but now they got it down to two days from symptoms to isolation.
They walled of entire hospital wards to contain the virus, this is to make sure the patients beside them would not be exposed to the virus.
Setting rules and making sure people obey them
Citizens will need to inform of their recent travels and have their health checked before entering a community. If a person is infected, they have to mention the last person they come in contact to and will be punished if they are caught lying or hiding information.
Authorities will be roaming around the streets of China to ensure that people abide to the rules.
Making the use of digital and technological advances
The use of technology and digital goods helped citizens to occupy themselves and keep in touch with love ones.
The government even used applications and softwares to track down people who have been infected. Citizens will need to use applications like WeChat and Whatsapp to key in their personal information for the government to track and contain the virus. It was also a form of communicating with the public with live updates of the situation.
Depending on digitalization to help during this crisis
It is very clear that the outbreak has given the opportunity to see the benefits of going digital and how it can help during moments like these. It has assisted China in containing the virus and stop the spread with the use of mobile applications and software for medical staffs to use.
With all schools and businesses being closed for the time being, many have turned to digital technologies quickly in order to adapt to the current lifestyle and to ensure things can still continue despite the crisis happening. So how does digitalization help during this time?
It helps prepare companies in disasters and to ensure that you will be able to continue your business without much loss from your data as well as to assist in the next steps to save the business.
With cloud-based applications, you will be able to keep your data secure and as a backup when you lose them. Digital goods also tend to save companies a lot of money as most of them do not require additional maintenance or devices to operate them.
Reduce health risks
With the rise of concerns of the use of physical time attendance systems, as countries like USA and India suspended the use for thumbprint systems to ensure the safety of employees. Companies now have moved on to adopt to a more digital solution that helps minimize health risks.
Helps staff management remotely
Many companies have resorted to working from home and it can be difficult to ensure the productivity of your staff as well as making sure that tasks are getting done. Luckily there are tons of digital attendance platforms and project management platforms that companies can look into to assist in managing their workforce.
Industries finding use of digitalization to cater to their business
Tech companies have been making several softwares and applications for awhile to assist other industries in their daily tasks. Retail companies for example have find the use of delivery applications to help send their consumer goods to their customers as well as restaurants while their physical shops have to be closed down for the time being.
Manufacturing companies having to use communication platforms and task management applications to supervise their workers remotely. Farmers and agriculture companies depending on e-commerce websites to sell their goods while markets are having to either close down or limit their operations.
During the pandemic, companies are now starting to see the value and understand more on the benefits that digital technologies can provide for them and their business. Many companies are now considering digital transformation which can help them not only during COVID-19 but for the future as well.