The Upside of the Coronavirus

In the previous blog post we talked about health startups that can contribute to fight the coronavirus, facilitating the work of health professionals and enhancing the comfort of patients. Following what we said, we will now present a new group of startups, whose innovations will be able to respond to the needs and improve the lives of the Portuguese population during this difficult period.

The virus was already alarming several European countries when, on February 4, 2020, the first two suspected cases appeared in Portugal. Less than a month later, on March 2, the first two infected were confirmed: a 60 and a 33 years old both men. Today, April 6, there are 11,730 cases and we have not yet reached the high disease level. Given these figures, how are the Portuguese reacting? What care are they taking? We cannot deny the reckless decision of some Portuguese who took advantage of the quarantine to sunbathe at our coast beaches. However, and despite the fact that many people - mostly elderly - seem to resist the authorities' recommendations, there has been a greater awareness among the population regarding the danger of this virus. In addition, Portugal took measures in a timely manner, preventing the rapid spread of the disease. The “Barómetro”, a research project carried out by Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública in partnership with Expresso, revealed that Portugal was quicker than Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom to take measures to combat COVID-19. In concrete terms, social exclusion, school closings, suspension of events and services, among other measures already known to all, were quickly followed.