The outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus has become a universal calamity that has left thousands dead, millions helpless, supply lines destroyed, industries crippled, factories defected, and cities shut down. It seems like an unprecedented tragedy of epic proportions in an interconnected world that has revealed human fragility.
China is the hardest affected, from where the novel virus originated. The country has mitigated the spread to a large extent by gathering resources at its disposal and introducing the latest technologies and has profiled at-risk individuals. During the outbreak of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in 2002, scientists had to decipher the virus’ genome for more than a year, while the coronavirus genome or Covind-19 detected within a month. There are various ways by which the World wages war against this deadly strain both, technologically, and emotionally. Thus, here I am going to share some of the technological advancements made to come of Corona outbreak includes –
Using its vast and sophisticated public-good surveillance network, the Government of China has joined hands with some of the knowledgeable tech giants to develop a color-coded health ranking system that monitors millions of people every day. With support from other tech-heads, the mobile app first deployed in Hangzhou.
Based on people’s travel and medical records, it assigns three colors to individuals – green, yellow, or red. It helps to check whether the person can be allowed in public places or should quarantine.
More than half of the affected areas are using this system nationwide and are expecting to expand it soon.
With the quick expansion of Coronavirus in more than 176 countries worldwide, most of the corporate industries are encouraged to let their employees work from home and decrease in-class interactions, instead of changing with telephone and video conferences. Most of the technological giants have started implementing remote work. But, getting work done remotely is said to be one of the biggest challenges. Communication gaps may arise, managers may find difficulty in supervising their employees remotely. Thus, these problems may cause poor-quality results and low productivity.
Fortunately, solution providers are trying to help and have launched various remote productivity management software like EmpMonitor, Zoom, Slack, etc. This software not only helps in implementing remote workforce quickly but also allows to manage remote teams and helps in keeping an eye on the employees to track productivity while working remotely.
These days Artificial Intelligence plays a leading role in healthcare. Using data mining and statistical models, medical professionals can recognize a lot of illnesses and much more. As per the MIT Technological Review, Baidu, an Internet giant, has made a Linear Fold algorithm accessible to teams that are battling against the corona outbreak. Unlike HIV, Ebola, Covind-19 has only one single strand of RNA, so it can mutate rapidly. The algorithm is much quicker than other algorithms that help to predict a virus’ structure.
Various tools also came to existence to effectively screen large populations. It has also built an AI-powered system inbuilt in it, that can detect a change in a person’s body temperature. It is currently used for inspection in various railway stations to check the passenger’s body temperature.
Starting from working as waiters in cafes, to preparing meals in hospitals, cleaning and spraying disinfectants at the affected areas, robots are on the frontlines everywhere to minimize the spread of coronavirus. The robots also perform the treatment and thermal imaging in many hospitals. Various companies are using robots to transport medical samples.
In a few places, small robots are delivering food for the passengers who are on a flight or have been quarantined in hotels.
Big Data and Facial recognition
Considering the public based information has led to the development of dashboards that track the virus continuously. A lot of companies use Big Data to build dashboards. Techniques for identifying faces and measuring infrared temperatures have been implemented in most of the leading cities. Various AI companies such as SenseTime and Hanwang Technology claim to have developed a special facial recognition technology that can accurately identify people even if they are masked. Smartphone applications are also used to keep a watch on the movements of people and to determine if they have been in touch with an infected person or not. Also, CCTV cameras were mounted at most locations to ensure that those who are quarantined do not step out.
Hence, these are some of the great technological-based advancements which brought into existence with technical innovation and medical expertise. The coronavirus epidemic is one of many public health issues that we face in the decade to come. But with the right minds on the job and plenty of teamwork, we can build a world to get rid of the challenges. So, let’s join our hands and buckle up next to bring a safer tomorrow.
As the best gift, you can give your family is YOU! Please be safe and keep your surroundings clean!