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COVID-19 among students and blockchain app at the Arizona University

The spread of infection among students, combined with at most incompetent and at worst cynical and exploitative policies towards students and university staff, has led to university communities being severely quarantined in dangerous premises or being sent home. All the time students are to pay the bill for the full cost of their tuition.

With more than 2,500 reported cases by November 5, Arizona State University is currently one of the most affected universities in the country - just over 50 universities reported 1,000 cases during the pandemic, according to The New York Times. To maintain this perspective, it is worth noting that ASU is one of the largest public universities in the U.S., making it very difficult to cope with the public health crisis.

The university has now taken a new step in tackling the crisis on the front line of testing and tracking technology and requires its 74,500 students on site and 12,400 employees to use a blockchain-based application every day to deal with the virus epidemic.

ASU now uses the "HealthCheck" application, which was designed by Safe Health Systems, or SHS, partner of Mayo Clinic. Hedera Hashgraph has signed an agreement with SHS to verify and record events in real time using distributed book technology.

The use of these technologies is designed to ensure that confidential health data is kept confidential and data reporting is accurate and responsible. On the latter point, the HealthCheck communication makes it clear that this will be important for coordination with private insurance companies.