Microsoft Creates COVID System to 'Scan Children' in Schools with Unique QR Code
Creation of 'Daily Pass' for children in order to attend school
Microsoft has created a new Covid-19-related “comprehensive system” by teaming up with the Los Angeles Unified School District to monitor children using a new “Daily Pass.”
Children will have their own unique QR code, or “Daily Pass," and will be scanned by the system.
Students without a barcode will be unable to get into school.
Children will also be required to continue wearing masks, staying six feet apart, and receiving regular temperature checks.
In the Los Angeles Unified School District, there are almost half a million students that range from kindergarten to 12th grade.
In order for students to earn their safe-for-school Daily Pass, they must answer questions online and test negative for COVID-19 every week.
NBC Los Angeles reported:
“Daily Pass generates a unique QR code for each student and staff member, and that code authorizes entry to a specific LAUSD location for that day only — as long as the individual receives a negative test result for COVID, shows no symptoms, and has a temperature under 100 degrees, the district said."
“Upon the individual’s arrival to a campus, their QR code is scanned by a district school-site leader, who takes the individual’s temperature.”
A section on the Daily Pass portal also seeks to get students and staffers vaccinated and prioritizes by most at-risk to least at-risk.
“Anonymous data from Daily Pass will be used by the Los Angeles Unified’s research and health care collaborators — Stanford University, UCLA, The Johns Hopkins University, Anthem Blue Cross, Healthnet, and Cedars Sinai — to provide insights for strategies to create the safest possible school environment,” NBC Los Angeles reported.
Schools have shown to not significantly spread the virus, while some studies found children are not at significant risk of contracting the disease.
But the Daily Pass's promotional video claims otherwise.
A scared child is only put at ease when she fills out her Daily Pass information, gets her unique barcode, stays six-feet away from her peers, and is scanned into school.
“Mom, I’m scared about going back to school,” the child says in the video.
“I don’t wanna get sick, and I don’t wanna get you and dad sick.”
The girl then tells her father after receiving the scan:
“Dad, I have to admit, I was scared at first, but then I felt so safe. It was so good to be back. Thanks for keeping me safe. I love you so much."
The low coronavirus risk for children without preexisting conditions was noted by Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield, who advocated the return of students to school.
“It’s not risk of school openings versus public health. It’s public health versus public health,” asserted Redfield.
“I’m of the point of view, and I weigh that equation as an individual that has 11 grandchildren that the greater risk is actually to the nation to keep these schools closed,” he added.
Despite this, schools across the country remain closed.
Microsoft was founded by billionaire Bill Gates who stepped down from the company last year but still remains the largest shareholder in the company with roughly 1.3 percent of the company’s shares, estimated at $16 billion.
Gates intended to “remain active at the company and would work closely with Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s chief executive," according to his staement last March.
“Microsoft will always be an important part of my life’s work, and I will continue to be engaged with Satya and the technical leadership to help shape the vision and achieve the company’s ambitious goals. I feel more optimistic than ever about the progress the company is making,” wrote Gates.
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