How These Six Technologies Are Aiding the Fight Against COVID-19

How These Six Technologies Are Aiding the Fight Against COVID-19

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The coronavirus pandemic has made minimal contact with the new order of the world.
To defeat the virus, there has to be a way to keep people away from each other, while ensuring they do not miss the essential things of life. Likewise, the frontline workers need to ensure they are fit enough to work, especially during this difficult time.
Fortunately, technology is used to help flatten the curve too.


Autonomous Vehicles
Deliveries need to be made across the city. This might be for anything from medical supplies to home needs. Whatever the case is, though, we still do not want to run the risk of human contacts.
That is where autonomous vehicles step in to pick up the logistics slack.
Although they have not been deployed in many parts of the world, they made a difference in the regions where they were.


Drones
For those who did not have access to autonomous vehicles, drones were a more traditional payload delivery mechanism.
Frontline workers had medical supplies sent to them in remote and makeshift hospital areas. This ensured that they could continue working at full capacity without having to be on the commute for supplies too continually.
Some of these drones were also used to take samples from location to the labs for testing. That helped speed and ramp up the testing process in different areas and facilities. All that, and we have not mentioned how agricultural drones were used to disinfect large city areas at once.


Apps
Contact tracing apps might have sounded like something out of a science fiction movie. When the two mobile OS juggernauts (Apple and Google) came together to work on the platforms for these apps, we knew something was happening. 
These apps promise to make it faster for healthcare officials to identify those that might encounter an infected person. That way, these possible contacts can be quickly reached to be placed on isolation before they can spread the disease too. If infected already, that is.
The results of an ExpressVPN survey, however, showed that these apps might not enjoy as much success as we want. More than four-fifths of the respondents do not trust the government to meddle in the app data, believing that it would be a start of mass surveillance.


Robots
Again, this sounds like something out of science fiction too.
Entire hospital wings have been decked out with nothing more than robot staff. These robots have also been used to ensure meals are prepared for the patients as at when due. 
This takes the load off from medical personnel who are engaged to their teeth at work right now. It also reduces their chances of exposure to the infection from a patient that they are caring for.
Robots have also been used to disinfect areas that are considered unsafe to enter – or just as a safety precaution.


Artificial Intelligence
If we are to beat the coronavirus, we always have to stay one step in front of it. This means studying the virus, its patterns, current infection hotspots, possible spread patterns, and more. None of that can be done without data. 
Even when the data is available, proper interpretation will lead to the generation of user trends and patterns. That is where artificial intelligence systems come in.
Running the big data streams through AI, better results can be generated in real-time. Health care professionals, consultants, and advisors can make better-informed decisions on what works better in the quelling of this virus.


Bulk SMS
This might not sound like much, but the exploits of bulk SMS systems cannot be overlooked either.
Not everyone has access to a smartphone. Thus, even the fact that Facebook has set up free information centers in different countries won’t work for such people. Anyone who has a basic phone, though, should be able to get text messages.

Working closely with network providers, the healthcare sector can communicate effectively with the citizens more directly. Timely information, necessary updates, and updated guidelines are, thus, being sent out via bulk SMS channels.

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