In December 2019, the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak started in Wuhan, Hubei, China. It has recognized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020. Statistics show that more than 396,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in more than 190 countries and regions, resulting in more than 17,300 deaths and more than 103,000 recoveries. Doctors, scientists, engineers, developers, and technologists of the world are taking initiatives to get rid out of this pandemic. In such a situation, Technologists and engineers have played a very significant role by inventing some essential technologies that can help us preventing Coronavirus outbreak.
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Engineers involved in china’s artificial intelligence industry who have been developing smart robots are trying to come up with ways to use the devices to help the medical teams and fight the novel COVID-19 epidemic. While some of the robots are destroying the deadly Coronavirus that causes the disease, others are being deployed in hospitals, hotels, or on the streets to help human health workers and sanitation teams, as well as reduce human contact to avoid cross-infection. Near Seattle, for example, a robot helped doctors treat an American man diagnosed with the novel Coronavirus. The robot, which carried a stethoscope, helped the patient communicate with medical staff while limiting their exposure to the illness. Telemedicine, supported by robots, makes it possible for medical professionals to communicate with patients remotely, saving time and allowing possibly contagious patients to stay confined. With this current hardware configuration, the robot can take the temperatures of about 10 people together. It can also concurrently read temperatures and take snapshots. For example, when the robot finds someone’s body temperature to be abnormal, it will capture a high-definition image of that person – Zhang Shaofei (Robot development engineer). Robots also provide entertainment to bored patients. Cloud Mind’s founder and CEO Bill Huang say, “Bored patients in quarantine found the humanoid robots such as Cloud Ginger very helpful, as they offered useful information and much-needed interaction and entertainment”. “Doctors have found the robots and smart devices helpful in monitoring patient vital signs remotely without direct contact.”
Drone is another technology that is used to fight against Coronavirus. China is the world leader in drone manufacturing. From the initial outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in China, it has spread around the world, Medtech companies are rolling robots and drones to fight it, provide help, and care to those quarantined or practicing social distance. Mainly drones designed for spraying pesticides for agricultural applications. In this crisis of epidemic, drones are using for many purposes. Drones are being used for everything, such as, from fever detection in the crowd to disinfecting in public places, to delivering supplies to far-flung regions. Agricultural drones have designed mainly for spraying fertilizer, but in this current situation, it has repurposed to spray disinfectants in several places of the country. Drones are also have been used to deliver groceries in remote island communities and, so on. Several countries are using drones in several ways, such as in the UK, Northampton shire, police increase their fleet of drones, which will be equipped with speakers to communicate with the public and tell people to get back inside the home. While the police of France are using drones to make sure lockdown, monitoring public places, parks, and public gathering spots to make sure that, people are not leaving their homes without any emergency.
Fever-detecting smart helmet
Fever-detecting smart helmet is one of the great inventions in this current situation. Shenzhen-based Kuang-Chi Technology launched police smart helmets that can quickly measure body temperature in crowds. In China, police are wearing a fever-detecting smart helmet with AI-powered infrared cameras equipped with AI-powered infrared cameras to detect pedestrians with fevers as they walk the streets amid Coronavirus crisis. This smart helmet is designed especially for fighting the virus. This helmet can scan people from around 15 to 16 feet away, also can detect fever, and alert the cops for fever suspects. This high-tech device has facial-recognition technology and can display a pedestrian’s data on a virtual screen.
Coronavirus testing booths
South Korea discovered a phone booth to fight against novel Coronavirus (COVID – 19). South Korea has been leading the way in examining its citizens for COVID – 19, with around 20,000 people tested every day. In a hospital in Seoul, South Korea has introduced a new testing booth with a testing facility that allows medical staff to examine patients safely and quickly. After getting inside in this booth, a patient can consult with a medical professional, then they take samples from their nose, and throat with arm-length rubber gloves. In this process, the whole examination takes only seven minutes. “We used to collect samples inside a large negative-pressure room,” “It took a long time to disinfect the place. We used to take eight to nine samples per day, but we can now take 70 to 80,” says Kim Sang-il, president of the H Plus Yang hospital where the booths are in use.
3d printed ventilator valve
In Italy, engineers introduced 3d printing ventilator valves used for respirators that produce patients with oxygen when they are unable to breathe on their own, such as in some critical Coronavirus cases. It takes oxygen from the top and pushes into the mask and pass oxygen to the patient. Cristian Fracassi, CEO of the Italian design company that created the digital files of the valves explained: “If we acted quickly, it’s only because, with 3D printers, you can quickly test a small production that would be impossible on an industrial scale. We just want one thing to remain from this story: the community, consisting of a hospital, a newspaper, and a team of professionals, ran a race against time and saved lives. That is all.”
In The Uk, Carrington Textiles has invented snood with germ trap technology to help fight the novel COVID – (19). It prevents and protects against airborne virus transmission, including infections like influenza, MERS, SARS, the common cold, and COVID-19. Their tests show that it traps 96% of airborne viruses. This snood attracts, traps, and kills viruses in airborne droplets 15 times smaller than a human hair. So, it safe to wear and touch as the virus will become inactive after touching the fabric.
AI-powered smart glass
In China, police, and security officer uses AI-powered smart glasses to detect people with fever as one of the main symptoms of the coronavirus. The glasses developed by AI startup Rokid, which claims that it can check several hundred peoples within just two minutes. It said, the smart glasses used to “reduce the possibility of large numbers of people gathering.”
It seems the nation has turned to technology to help battle the outbreak. Healthcare technologies help to detect symptoms, find new treatments and monitor the spread of the disease. Disinfecting robots, smart helmets, thermal camera-equipped drones, snoods, booths, and advanced facial recognition technologies are deployed in the fight against COVID-19 at the heart of the outbreak in China.