Containing COVID-19 with Robots and Artificial Intelligence Technology!
Countries around the world have been working to contain the spread of COVID19 using modern technology.
The recent outbreak of the COVID19 has caught medical experts at both the state and private level off guard as they struggle to contain the spread of the virus. With the death toll continuously rising, governments across the world are panicking and have acknowledged the urgency for new, improved, efficient and faster ways of testing.
As a consequence, many countries, especially those that are more technologically savvy, are currently working around the clock finding alternative and innovative ways to combat this pandemic. Some of the latest developments and innovations have been centered on the use of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.
Countries like Australia have already developed a diagnostic instrument that utilizes artificial intelligence to improve testing. Thanks to this innovative tool, doctors, nurses and other qualified medical personnel can access this device free of cost to deliver accurate results after testing which is especially useful for detecting the coronavirus in persons who might be asymptomatic. In addition, the feedback from doctors and nurses has been great, as they found the device to be speedier and more effective in detecting the virus.
Other nations heavily impacted by the virus such as China and the US have been relying on robots as a substitute to help mankind fight COVID-19 by sanitizing hospitals, monitoring patients and delivering groceries, as well as other essentials, to individuals whose mobility may have been temporarily halted.
The Chinese company JD.com was able to help other businesses solve logistics issues by using Robotics (Level 4 autonomous vehicles) to transports food items, masks and other medical supplies from warehouses, and stores to customers.
During the early stages of the corona outbreak, a Chinese hospital used robots to perform simple tasks like checking a patient’s body temperature and even changing bedsheets in order to minimize risks of doctors or nurses contracting COVID-19. Moreover, these Robots were also used to disinfect areas both outdoors and indoors and kill the virus.
Meanwhile, medical workers in a United States hospital communicated to a patient who tested positive for the coronavirus via a robot,in order to safeguard their staff from any exposure to COVID-19.
Imagine what other inventions can be created if medical practitioners continue working with tech experts to exploit the possibilities and potentials of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics as a solution to improve health care services. Not only would this help get us through this pandemic, but countries will also be more adequately prepared for the possibility of another global pandemic in the future.