Technology and its Usefulness in Battling Coronavirus
The novel coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak occurred in mainland China at the end of December 2019, which has now spread globally to infect millions of people. It is marked as a global crisis and the WHO itself has declared the situation as a ‘pandemic’.
Governments and healthcare authorities around the world are rigorously working to fight this virus. Among the efforts put in place, the role of technology is inevitable. For instance, the deployment of numerous types of AI-powered tools and gadgets is proving effective in carrying out diverse relief operations. Meanwhile, the vitality of robots to carry out interactions with sick patients is quite relaxing.
Earlier, the use of high-end technological aid was majorly deployed across China. However, with the Coronavirus outbreak intensifying across Europe and North America, healthcare services are being very diligent with their options.
This blog focuses on highlighting the utility of technology for countering Coronavirus at the global level. Below mentioned are the prime tech advantages put in place to fight this rare illness:
Active Use of Robots and Drones
It is very important to know that Coronavirus is contagious; therefore, human-to-human interactions need to be managed remotely. Both in public and hospitals, carrying out remote communication between patients and health workers should occur without any transmission. As a safer solution, robots along with several other automation tools are being preferred.
For instance, robots are actively used to communicate with infected people, disinfect rooms, extract vital information, and even deliver medications. Interestingly, a robot was used in Seattle to assist doctors to treat an American patient diagnosed with COVID-19.
Metabiota and BlueDot, two public health data surveillance firms were responsible for tracking the initial outbreak of COVID-19. It was BlueDot which successfully informed its clients about the coronavirus risk days before the WHO (World Health Organization) had officially issued a global warning.
At present, similar technology has been distributed across channels to monitor social media posts along with publicly available content to spot signs of the virus’s spread.
By conducting a deep analysis as to what every COVID-19 patient is receiving, AI is capable of chalking out satisfactory treatment strategies. For instance, Jvion, a renowned health care analytics company, is making good use of AI to examine 30 million patients across its data collection for identifying people who are highly susceptible to COVID-19. This is made possible by bringing along 5,000 plus variables which cover medical history, lifestyle as well as socioeconomic factors. Further, Jvion’s platform helps to create a proper list of people who need to be contacted regarding their vulnerability to COVID-19.
Potency of Smartphone
Believe it or not, smartphones are listed among the topmost tech aids helping in reducing virus exposure. For example, delivery apps assist in contactless delivery, where the riders are guided to drop food at a specified location. Meanwhile, the use of mobile payment apps is proving effective in reducing transmission as compared to paper money, which is known to carry the virus for up to 17 days.
Big Data Indicator System
The smart implementation of a transparent and handy public data has permitted the creation of dashboards for tracking virus outbreak. Till now, not only the WHO but many small organizations have contributed immensely to cater to the development of such big data dashboards. As a result, users can go through real-time updates conveniently via familiar apps.
Online Platforms for Business Stability
With a worldwide epidemic on the loose, there is a serious challenge to maintain business operations. It is observed that several tech organizations are lending a helping hand by offering free online collaborative tools. Furthermore, the use of online meeting applications has assisted other businesses to successfully imposed work-from-home policies. This also includes the usage of LBS technology and collaboration platforms to ensure a streamlined working of an employee.
Soon, this fight with Coronavirus will strengthen and technology will surely lead from the front. Several software testing companies including ImpactQA have readily followed work-from-home guidelines and are maintaining business operations using shared online platforms.