Sheltering-in-Place : Life Over Livelihood

Governors in 5 U.S. States have ordered the millions of people in their jurisdiction to shelter-in-place; choosing life over livelihood on their behalf.

The first to implement the drastic measure in waging the war against the Covid-19 infectious disease was the San Francisco Bay Area, as the number of community-transmitted cases quickly rose to about 350. Apparently alarmed by the projection that as many as 25 million individuals could be hit with the Covid-19 disease In California, Governor Gavin Newsom eventually gave the order to make shelter-in-place restriction mandatory in the entire state.

In less than a day thereafter, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York, Governor Jay Robert “J. B.” Pritzker of Illinois, Governor Philip Murphy of New Jersey, and Edward “Ned” Lamont Jr, gave the same order in separate announcements. All five governors agree that at the end of the day, the health and well-being of their respective constituents can be best protected, if people are forced by law to stay home. The only time they will be allowed to go out is if they need to buy food or medicine, but will be subject to vetting by local law enforcers.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported Saturday (March 21, 2020) that the confirmed cases of Covid-19 infection across 168 countries around the globe has reached 234,000, to which 9,840 resulted in fatalities. As of this writing the numbers have once again risen to 284,566 confirmed cases with at least 11,868 deaths.

Shelter-in-Place Restrictions can Slow Down the Rapid Rise

The U.S. is fast becoming one of the worst-hit countries, as the numbers have quickly climbed to 19,624 confirmed cases and 260 deaths. Mainly because many ignored warnings coming from the WHO, the CDC and later from the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) that the contagion has reached a stage where it can be transmitted by way of close person-to-person encounters and interactions, whether in public or private places.

As many of the American population took light of advisories about distancing from each other by at least 3 meters apart , the numbers of confirmed cases rose rapidly. Not a few of the people with whom the infected had socialized and/or came in close contact with, also tested positive with the novel coronavirus. Cases of infection rose exponentially because for every person that gets infected, it is quite likely that he or she had transmitted the disease to several others in recent physical social interactions.

Death tolls also increase, presumably because health care facilities are swamped, while patients needing medical attention far outnumber the medical staff and crew.

The NIAID Warned Things Will Get Worse if People Will Not Strictly Adhere to Social Distancing Measures

In seeing how the American public still went about their ordinary lives without observing social distancing measures, the head of NIAID, Dr. Anthony Fauci, kept imploring all Americans to limit having contact with others in order to slow the rapid rate with which new cases of Covid-19 infections transpire.

Dr. Fauci warned that

“The worst is yet to happen as the Covid-19 crisis could very well continue into the summer.” “It is how people respond to that challenge, will determine what the ultimate endpoint will be.”

Based on a report released by researchers at the Imperial College London, a computer modeling used in analyzing the current state of the Covid-19 crisis in the U.S., predicted that an estimated 2 million Americans could die if strict social distancing measures will not be enacted.

How Mobile Apps Could Help In A Political Campaign

Accessibility and convenience – these are only two of the many benefits that mobile apps have to offer which have become imperative to people and different trade and industries across the globe. Wavemaker app development, for instance, helps many businesses develop apps utilizing only one base of code or codebase that could adapt or run in whichever operating system or native platform.

Because of the many pluses of mobile apps, even the political space has embraced the idea of making use of mobile apps for particular goals or intents. In 2008, Barack Obama, who was at that time a senator and running for the presidential spot, launched an iPhone political app that transformed the flaunted device into a tool for recruiting constituents. This is the first of its kind in the political domain. This has indeed given Barack Obama an immense leverage over other presidential candidates.

Mobile Apps – Its Usefulness and Significance in Political Campaigns

Incontestably, in our now highly digitalized world, mobile apps are beyond doubt setting their digital footprint ubiquitously and is expected to be future of each sector in various industries, including the political space which brought about an immense shift. Different political parties have adapted the use of mobile apps to run their campaigns as well as communicate with their base of voters. Voters these days would like to kept informed about their political leaders throughout the campaign period and the election. Hence, it is more convenient for them to look for a reliable mobile app to remain connected with their chosen political candidate as well as get regular relevant political news and events from their candidate. Apart from accessibility and convenience, below are more plus sides to mobile apps for political campaigns:

Sharing Profile of Political Candidates

With mobile apps, reaching your present and potential supporters is increased by sharing pertinent details of the candidate such as personal and political background, accomplishments, and future plans to gain more support and potential voters. Moreover, candidates could also share news and updates on budget, taxation benefits, fiscal deficit, job opportunities, electricity, housing, transportation, education and other burning topics.

Gather and Mobilize Volunteer Registrations

Through a mobile app, you could make the most of its capacity to connect with volunteers. The more volunteers you have, that better are your likelihoods of disseminating your political plan or platforms to constituents as well as ensuring your political campaign’s success. Allowing volunteers to register via your mobile up will mobilize and make it effortless for them to campaign in your behalf. Each political party needs volunteers who could commit their time to help your working party expand your campaign in your community.

Manifold of User Engagement

Increasingly more individuals have become adept in the use of mobile apps than surfing on mobile websites. Many people would like to interact as well as stay connected with their political candidate. However, with new mobile apps constantly entering the market, it is normal for people to forget about previous political apps. An effective approach to prevent this from happening is incorporating Push Notifications to keep the constituents connected with the mobile app by sending them regular announcements/alerts about upcoming political events by your political candidate. Furthermore, chat features in mobile apps could allow and encourages your present supporters and other constituents voice their stance on relevant issues.\