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Talk bridge vcr Covid application Updated: 2020-04-07 10:43:13 KST


COVID-19 spreads across the globe

S. Korean IT firms have joined the war against COVID-19



S. Korean IT firms are trying to find innovative ways to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Many solutions and platforms have been developed in this context.


A number of smartphone apps have been developed, giving citizens access to a wealth of information, including those of infection paths and nearby testing centers.


This app sends out an auto-notification
when the user is near an infection path


Push notifications alert users of
infection path and nearby testing centers


Citizens share information with
one another through various apps

CHOI Hyun-suk, Citizen
It was really helpful to learn about the number of new cases occurring by region. Infection maps showing the time and location of a confirmed patient’s whereabouts was also information that I found handy.

CoronaMap, the first of many COVID-19 platforms

Infection paths and quarantine locations
overlaid on a map of S. Korea

‘CoronaMap’, released in late-January, was the first platform of its kind to provide users with information related to COVID-19. Infections paths and quarantine locations are overlaid on top of an easy-to-use map.

We meet Lee Dong-hoon, a student and brainchild behind ‘CoronaMap

LEE Dong-hoon / Developer of ‘CoronaMap’
COVID-19 had already become a serious concern when I first set out to develop ‘CoronaMap’. At the time, there was a lot of false information and fear-mongering on various media platforms. So, I thought it would help to provide an accurate map of the outbreak, using data provided by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

KCDC Data > Foundation of ‘CoronaMap’

A free website accessible via PC and mobile devices

‘CoronaMap’ runs on data provided by the KCDC. It is freely accessible via PC and mobile devices and used by more than 500,000 people each day.

‘MaskMap’ launched, an app that shows the location and inventory of masks on sale


‘CoronaMe’ identifies infection paths near the user

‘MaskMap’, an app which shows the location of available masks and their inventory, and ‘CoronaMe’, a website which identifies nearby infection paths, have also been developed.


LEE Dong-hoon / Developer of ‘CoronaMap’
‘CoronaMap’ uses color-coding to distinguish between dates when the infection paths were reported, but we realized that some of our users may be color blind. To help these people gather the information they need effectively, we’re improving our user interface and our key functions. We’re also getting many offers and words of advice from abroad, and are considering a transition into an open-source platform to allow customization by each country.


S. Korea’s IT industry is now on the front line in the fight against COVID-19 and playing an important role in both prevention and containment.

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