February 5, 2021

How Blockchain and Digital Credentials helps to safely reopen the economy in the COVID-19 era.

The COVID-19 virus is here to stay. This is the new reality. And yet businesses have no clear, reliable path to fully reopen their places of work. As quarantine restrictions loosen, most industries continue to miss out on revenue while they cannot operate at full capacity. Just a single case of a person carrying the coronavirus back to the workplace can result in other infections, which causes facility shutdowns and increases employee anxiety. 

People should get back to work, but a major decision looms on how to assuredly check if returning employees are infectious or not. The CDC recommends taking an employeeÔÇÖs temperature and asking about symptoms, but these are far from foolproof. A person can be asymptomatic, shedding as much virus as someone who has symptoms2, or their symptom descriptions may be inaccurate.

Companies need solutions that make them and their employees feel comfortable about restarting work again. These should incorporate continuous health monitoring to validate each employee does not have COVID-19 prior to entering the workplace, and contact tracing to inform and quarantine anyone who may have been in the presence of an infected employee. Solutions must confirm the personÔÇÿs identity and verify the personÔÇÖs location and recent negative test results, while also being quick and easy to present┬á

This whitepaper is evaluating three technologies Blockchain,  digital identity & verifiable credentials and smart phone to create a verifiable credential platform solution to hold and verify any credentials including COVID test report or vaccination report. The employee can prove their COVID-19 status to an employer or other requesting entity by presenting their test credential as a QR Code.