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Can anonymous data and/or credit card spending help prevent the worst from the next pandemic?

The cost of zoonotic epidemics is inordinate, with the International Monetary Fund predicting that COVID-19 alone will cause the global economy to contract by 3% in 2020, wiping out $9 trillion in productivity through 2021. Yet, even in the two decades before the present pandemic, the World Bank estimated direct costs from zoonotic diseases to be more than $100 billion.

COVID-19 is the first global pandemic arriving in an era when nearly the entire population can be tracked in real time, thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones...