A new mobile application, called David-19, will arrive in Latin America next week to combat the spread of COVID-19. The initiative, led by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), aims to make the “invisible” enemy “visible” and lay the groundwork for a “digital health passport”.

This digital tool will allow Latin American governments to obtain more accurate data on the coronavirus and adjust their social distancing strategies, without exposing the privacy of their citizens, according to the IDB. “We all feel very helpless against this virus, however, if we become David-19 we can defeat the Goliath that is the coronavirus,” said Alejandro Pardo, a specialist at the IDB’s innovation lab.

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