The Germans have "mindestabstandsregelung." Now the Brits have a new word of their own born of the coronavirus: "pingdemic." The details:
A contact-tracing app introduced by the National Health Service alerts people with a ping when they've come into close contact with someone who has the virus.
(Users opt-in to the service.) If they get a ping, people are urged to self-isolate for 10 days.
As a result, an estimated 1.7 million people in a nation of 67 million were voluntarily isolating as of this week, reports the Washington Post.
(British newspapers were playing up those bare shelves with front-page photographs.) A meat industry group warned that food supply chains are "right on the edge of failing." All kinds of other industries are similarly struggling, from fuel suppliers to hospitality to manufacturing.
The Post notes that isolation is mandatory only if contract-tracing is conducted the "old-fashioned" way, through interviews with infected people. Complaints have surfaced that the app is too sensitive, and Reuters reports that many people are simply deleting it to avoid any hassles.
This article originally appeared on Newser: Britain Is Having a 'Pingdemic'