How AI & ML are helping Fight Coronavirus Pandemic?
As COVID- 19 reaches more than 100 countries and more than 1,00,000 people have been infected by a novel coronavirus and more than 4,000 people have died, most in china. With novel coronavirus permeating the world, researchers are turning to artificial intelligence, machine learning, and social media to track the virus as it spreads. According to the WHO last month report, AI & Big Data were a key part of china’s response to the virus. Brownstein's HealthMap, a Harvard Medical School-developed artificial intelligence technology that tracks infectious diseases, additionally picked up early signs of the coronavirus spread in Wuhan, China, in December.
AI, ML & Social Media in the fight against Coronavirus
An algorithm developed by the start-up BlueDot detected the coronavirus nine days before the WHO gave the caveat signal. This system engendered by BlueDot has the capacity to produce reports and predict where the epidemic was going to spread. For the diagnosis of this “plague”, another platform is now being utilized which has Artificial intelligence as its “engine”. The software, developed in collaboration with Wuhan Tongji Hospital, avails to detect typical and partial symptoms of Covid-19. To train the model, more than 2,000 CT images were utilized corresponding to the first Chinese affected by the outbreak. These images were analyzed utilizing NVIDIA V100 GPUs. To develop the platform, Infervision’s utilized the framework for medical images and genomics with AI, under the designation NVIDIA Clara. Infervision’s software is already deployed in more than 34 hospitals across China and is currently being evaluated in the United States and Europe. So far, it has availed to detect more than 32,000 potential cases of Covid-19. Other start-ups, such as WeBank in China, have taken Artificial Intelligence even further and use it for predicting the upcoming recovery of the Chinese economy from the crisis caused by Covid-19.
Facebook is working with researchers at Harvard University's School of Public Health and the National Tsing Hua University, in Taiwan, sharing anonymized data about people's movement and high-resolution population density maps, which avail them forecast the spread of the virus. YouTube is utilizing its homepage to direct users to the World Health Organization and other groups, for education and information, while working to abstract videos suggesting alternative remedies as soon as they go live. In the U.S., one patient in Washington state is being treated for the coronavirus by a robot denominated Vici, through which he communicates with his care team. In China, a robot designated Little Peanut conveys pabulum to patients quarantined in a hotel. In one Chinese hospital, patients’ hand over trash and bedsheets to robots. Similarly, hospitals and airports are utilizing technology to monitor patients and disinfect facilities. BioSticker measures an individual’s temperature, respiratory rate, heart rate, and coughing — the symptoms of coronavirus — and can transmit updates every 10 minutes. GermFalcon, a germ-killing robot with strategically placed ultraviolet-C lamps, was developed to sanitize airplanes from most viruses on surfaces and in the circumventing air.
The coronavirus outbreak is one of many public health crises we will face in the coming decade. But with the right minds on the skill & job and plenty of collaboration, we can engender a world that’s up to the challenge of meeting them.
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