The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the whole world, with many countries opting to go into lockdown. Our corona warriors have been putting in work to ensure that a significant percentage of those infected recovers. However, most people do not recognize the role of Artificial Intelligence technology in curbing the spread of this pandemic. People are using this AI to create innovations or incorporate them into existing ones to enhance their efficiency. So, let’s look into various ways of how AI has played a significant part in controlling the pandemic.
AI Helps Tracking the Virus Spread
To eliminate this virus spread, we should understand the infection pattern. BlueDot, a Canadian organization, has developed a program that forecasts this virus spread across various locations. This technology gathers data from various health facilities, breaks the language barrier, and uses its forecast to alert businesses, healthcare agencies, and other businesses.
Also, AI technology was used to device smart glasses for security guards. These glasses can scan people, at a safe distance, of any extreme body temperatures, which is a common symptom of Covid-19. It was beneficial in China at train and bus terminals, and other public spaces.
AI Eases The Burden On The Medical Personnel
To curb the coronavirus spread, something needs to be done to curb over congestion in hospitals. Conventional diagnostic procedures such as blood tests, sputum tests, and more are time-consuming and put people at a higher risk of cross-infection. To improve the numbers of tested people per day, AI needs to be incorporated into hospitals. The X-Ray scan technology makes it quick and easy to diagnose patients of Covid-19, at the same time, eliminating the risk of cross-infections.
It Serves the Best Interest of Our Medical Staff
As much as it is vital to treat the infected people, our medical staff must be protected from infection. Programmed robots or drones are an excellent way to reduce contact between infected persons and medical staff. These robots or drones can deliver medicines and foods to infected people, and sanitize isolation rooms, washrooms, and other public spaces.
AI Is the Sole Structure of Contact Tracing
Although Contact tracing is not that perfect, it has helped save hundreds of lives. Before this current situation, a contact tracing app would be unheard of. Today, countries such as Israel, China, Italy, India, and more have incorporated these contact tracing apps to determine the cell phone number, trace location, and alert individuals nearby. In other countries such as the UK, this app is still on trial.
Aid in Creating the Vaccine
Before a cure is sought, a vaccine would come in handy. Medical researchers are already integrating AI-programmed computers to speed up computations and develop model solutions for a suitable vaccine. Some companies taking part in this researches include Huawei, Alibaba, and Tencent.
Develop a Crisis Response System
Aside from treating infected persons, minimizing infections is vital. Educating people about the virus helps them understand the common symptoms of this virus and the necessary measures. These Chatbots are all structured under Artificial Intelligence, providing proven updates and data inputs.
AI Helps and Telemedicine
Due to tice constraints, physicians and doctors can use telecommunication to provide medical attention. It can be in the form of live chats or recorded voice. For the latter, apps such as ‘Suki’ and ‘Kara’ are free to use and play a significant role in reducing close contact.
Data Capturing and Analysis
AI innovations can now serve as vision sensors and detect any malfunctions. ‘Care.ai’ applications can now identify emotions, face recognition, and some health-related issues. Improvements have been made t ensure these tools capture temperature readings and analyses them to determine if one is sweating, has a fever, or discoloration. One limitation s that these tools need to be used together with other patient records.
AI and Medical Imaging
The most common types of imaging devices are x-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) tests. But with Covid-19, manual checks take up a lot of effort and time. AI is being incorporated into the software to analyze and interpret these images and scans, giving more accurate diagnostics and helping in choosing the ideal treatment plan. From optimizing radiation doses to revamping anomaly detection to increase surgical accuracy, AI-driven software solutions including AI-powered medical image analysis aim to avoid repetitive exams, lower exam costs, and notably improve patient care.
To sum up, AI is very significant and has greatly helped curb this pandemic situation. When it comes to AI, the possibilities are endless, and during this time, we expect to see multiple innovations that might end up defeating this virus. Without AI, fighting the coronavirus would have been a milestone.