How Technology is helping the fight against COVID-19, especially in countries like India

The Coronavirus which causes the COVID-19 disease has now affected the entire world considering its high contagiousness. The cases are still exponentially rising all across the world and thus the governments and healthcare authorities in actions are now racing against time to find ways to slow down its pace.

Technology is one of the most important aspects to fight against this disease. Bill Gates in his 2015 ted-talk stated that with a development in technological innovation, it is going to play an important role in the fight against the future pandemics. From researching about vaccines to developing new treatments for the virus, technology is helping everywhere and is the key to open the doors of hope against the fight.

Location tracking, mobile apps, CCTVs, Smart Imaging, Robots and Drones, are some of the existing technologies which are being used a base to construct new tools to help detect, analyze and report new cases. Here are a few ways we are already using technology to solve this crisis:

  • Balaji Vishwanathan’s company Invento Robotics is working on devellopment of a robot which will help kill viruses with the UV-C radiations.
  • A team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, is working to help solve the problem by creating an emergency ventilator, or E-Vent.
  • IIT-Delhi students develop app to identify individuals coming in close contact with COVID-19 patients.
  • An IIT-KGP team has designed a face shield using materials which can be procured even under the lockdown.
  • The team at IIT-B have stated that CORONTINE app, can help authorities trace asymptomatic Coronavirus (COVID19) carriers and help them check if they confine to their quarantined zones. 
  • IIT and AIIMS students develop a device which will sterilize public areas and prevent the spread of coronavirus.
  • James Dyson designed a new ventilator in 10 days. He’s making 15,000 for the pandemic fight.

AI is playing two important supporting roles in this quest: suggesting components of a vaccine by understanding viral protein structures, and helping medical researchers scour tens of thousands of relevant research papers at an unprecedented pace.

Over the last few weeks, teams at the Allen Institute for AI, Google DeepMind, and elsewhere have created AI tools, shared datasets and research results, and shared them freely with the global scientific community.

Countries around the world – including the US, South Korea and Taiwan are using artificial intelligence (AI) to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The technology is being used to speed up the development of testing kits and treatments, to track the spread of the virus, and to provide citizens with real-time information. 

Time is limited and all the companies and institutions all around the world are working to find solutions and thus there is hope due to this advent of technology.

Sources :

Balaji Viswanathan (பாலாஜி விஸ்வநாதன்)’s answer to How has the coronavirus affected you?

MIT E-VENT | Emergency ventilator design toolbox

Coronavirus: IIT-Delhi students develop app to identify individuals coming in close contact with COVID-19 patients

Coronavirus: IIT Kharagpur Faculty Design Face Shields for Healthcare Workers

IIT Bombay develops ‘CORONTINE’ – an app to track potential coronavirus carriers

IIT, AIIMS invent sterilisation device to battle coronavirus outbreak 

James Dyson designed a new ventilator in 10 days. He’s making 15,000 for the pandemic fight

AI Can Help Scientists Find a Covid-19 Vaccine

Governments turn to AI in fight against coronavirus

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