ESCAPE the Pandemic

Infection Chain Analysis

The Problem

Infection chain analysis is based on trust.

One of the basic problems in today's form of infection chain analysis is detection. After a disease becomes known, the person affected (if he can be questioned) is contacted by phone and asked about his contacts. The willingness to cooperate is then the key to the information required.

However, very few are willing to give anonymous callers to an official body that could exercise control over them and their social contacts an intimate glimpse into their private life. Where the information ends up and how it is ultimately used is beyond the control of the respondent. The information about the possible chain of infection therefore remains mostly rudimentary. In the worst case, no information is given at all.


Trust is the basis of everything. In order to obtain the information required for a meaningful infection chain analysis, the recording must be shifted away from the authorities to the confidants who are in direct contact with the patients: the doctors.

They already record the patient's data and symptoms. Since the patient knows that the doctor is bound by confidentiality, he will be more willing to disclose his contacts. Data relevant to data protection remain with the doctor as long as they are not required to be reported.


ESCAPE enables doctors, nurses and medically untrained staff to build the necessary relationship chain models and digitally record data such as symptoms. They are supported by libraries that provide the necessary graphic elements. The creation of the relationship networks can also be automated so that they are built up from existing authority data (registration authority, health department, ...).

The resulting model includes, for example:

  • Topology of the entire country (continent, country, state, city, district, street)
  • Households with families, citizens, relatives
  • Essential infrastructure (food supply, doctor, pharmacist, ...)
  • Social contacts (clubs, organizations, political parties, ...)
  • Professional contacts (employers, customers, partners, ...)
  • Personal contacts (shopping, friends, close relatives, ...)
  • Events (meetings, family celebrations, cultural events, ...)

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