Did e-Estonia beat the Covid-19?

MONDAY, 07 JUNE 2021

Did e-Estonia beat the Covid-19?

Was #Estonia better prepared than other nations to deal with the pandemic?

Estonia is probably the world’s most #digitalgovernment, with just about every state service online.

That’s why when the time came to impose restrictions on the movements of its citizens, Estonia was well prepared.

President Kersti Kaljulaid told Tech Tent that “e-school” was something children and others were already accustomed to using. Also, people were used to interacting with the whole healthcare system online.

During 2020, Estonia’s Covid-19 cases and deaths remained at very low rates. But, as the winter arrived, they began to take off. And for that, there is a reasonable explanation not related to e-Estonia.

“People want to be together,” Kaljulaid explains. The virus spread more quickly among 20-24-year-olds.

Estonia was able to manage that situation and now has the spring outbreak under control.

However, it has a far higher death rate than Asian hi-tech countries like South Korea and Taiwan.

That doesn’t mean e-Estonia has failed, though. These outcomes are more related to the different #privacypolicies each of these countries have.

#digitalgovernment #eestonia #privacypolicies #healthcare #covid19 Daniel Schaer Kristo Vaher Ott Vatter Sandra Särav Janek Rozov Ott Velsberg Kata Varblane Anna Piperal Nele Leosk Siim Sikkut Marten Kaevats Riina Alt Christman Roos Mikk Vainik Jana Krimpe Keiu Friedenthal Daniel Kotsjuba Anett Numa Robert Krimmer Helli Toomsalu Indrek Reimand Margus Mägi Mailin Aasmäe Olga Plishkina Imre Teder Ragnar Toomla Kaimar Karu Zunair Ahmed

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-57199545