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In early 2020 the World Health Organization identified a new strain of Coronavirus known as novel-Coronavirus (COVID-19). COVID-19 has symptoms that includes fever, coughing and shortness of breath.
The WHO (World Health Organization) has officially termed the Corona Virus as a global pandemic that threatens lives of the people. With shutdowns the world over from airports, to schools and all kinds of businesses, the everyday lives of people are being impacted in several ways.
–Countries with confirmed Coronavirus cases | Source– Bing.com
Analytics have changed the way disease outbreaks are traced and managed. Using tools ranging from real–time maps to sophisticated forecasting algorithms, scientist have started using technology to forecast and track the global spread of Coronavirus. Facebook is working with researchers at Harvard University, sharing anonymized data about people’s movement and high-resolution population density maps, which help them review, analyze and predict the spread of virus.
AI detected the Coronavirus even before the world knew about its existence. On December 31st, 2019, a Toronto based start-up firm identified the outbreak in Wuhan several hours after the first case was diagnosed by the authorities. The company informed its clients working in China about the virus before the Chinese government made any official announcement. It was AI that gave the Canadian organization a head-start over everyone else.
There are several ways Artificial intelligence can be brought in to combat Coronavirus:
- With the help of AI, scientists can develop antibodies and vaccines for Covid-19 virus at a faster pace.
- AI can be the first key in forestalling the next Coronavirus– like outbreak.
- AI can help us in calculating the potential new cases by area. This can be used to alert the travelers as well as the inhabitants.
Clearly Covid–19 pandemic could accelerate adoption of tele–conferencing and tele-robotics, with the starting point being hospitals, for instance.
Sense Time Al Solution
A leading AI organization, Sense Time, is coming up with easy to use and cost-saving thermal cameras that measure body temperatures to know if a person is infected with Coronavirus or not. These devices will chip-in keeping a check on indoor places with large crowd for instance gate-entrance of school halls, gate entrance in of corporate halls.