Worldwide, different types of technologies are being used to protect the population and control the disease.
Many efforts have been made, on a global scale, to reduce the effects of the new Coronavirus pandemic, and in the technological field, it is no different. Never before have so many resources been used in pursuit of the same objective: to bring solutions to make people safer during the pandemic and to fight the virus. Many, using new technologies, including artificial intelligence.
Worldwide, AI has been used as a weapon in the fight against the new Coronavirus. This is the case of the Canadian company BlueDot, which warned about the threat of the virus even before health authorities. Likewise, Google and Amazon are using AI and algorithms to study Coronavirus proteins, identify effective drugs and develop treatments. Chatbots have been in use for a long time, but during the pandemic, they have been used in the dissemination of information about the virus.
In China, Spain, Israel and Singapore, drones patrol the streets, recording thermal images, to ensure that the quarantine is effective. In South Korea, the equipment is used to launch disinfectants on the streets. In Israel, masks were produced using smart textiles, which protect both from viruses and other infectious agents.
China, a technological powerhouse and epicenter of the pandemic, also uses drones to transport necessary items to hospitals. Robots administer food and medicine to patients, in addition to cleaning and sterilizing spaces using ultraviolet light. There is the use of temperature detection software to identify possible infected people, and Big Data is used to assess, based on travel history and contact with people with the virus, who is likely to be infected.
Here in Brazil, an algorithm that triggers telephone calls began to be used to perform a sort of remote screening, in order to monitor the risks of contamination and avoid an overload in the health system. With this action, it will also be possible to identify the profile of people infected or more susceptible to contracting the virus, in addition to the places where the risk of contamination is greater, to act with preventive actions.
Artificial intelligence, as well as other types of technology, are proving to be very important for societies at the moment. They bring innovative solutions, and the tendency is that, from now on, they will be increasingly present in our daily lives.