China is deploying robots and drones to remotely disinfect hospitals, deliver food and enforce quarantine restrictions as part of the effort to fight coronavirus. Chinese state media has reported that drones and robots are being used by the government to cut the risk of person-to-person transmission of the disease. There are 780 million people that are on some form of residential lockdown in China. Wuhan, the city where the viral outbreak began, has been sealed off from the outside world for weeks. The global death toll from coronavirus topped 2,100 people this week, with over 74,000 infected.
Note– To all those who have lost the hope at the end of Corona Virus spread, here's some good news. Fujifilm's Pharmaceutical branch has started its phase 3 test trials of its Avigan (Favipiravir) drug from Tuesday to those infected with COVID 19 in Japan. It is reported that the drug stands as a one-shot antiviral drug solution against 18 types of flu and might prove effective getting rid of Corona Pandemic from the infected nations. So, the clinical trials made on the infected people in Japan have yielded excellent results and have already clinically proven by experts that it can eradicate the Ebola Virus to the core. Already Fujifilm has ramped its production in March 2020 after it started its trials in November 2019 after seeing the spread of the Wuhan Virus in China.
Artificial intelligence (AI) often raises concerns about privacy and deception apropos of facial recognition and forged entities. However, the massive outbreak of the novel coronavirus is now driving most of the technology companies and experts to look for AI's abet. Since the first report of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wuhan, China – the virus has now spread to at least 100 other countries. Nevertheless, the undisclosed information holds the key to the certainty that the artificial intelligence warning system, run by Toronto startup "BlueDot" flagged a news report from China about enigmatic pneumonia distressing the residents of Wuhan, back in December 2019. As China leans on its strong technology sector, specifically artificial intelligence and data science to track and combat this pandemic, tech leaders like Alibaba, and Huawei chose to accelerate their company's healthcare initiatives.
Diseases know no borders and the threat of an epidemic is ever increasing with the number of all kinds of outbreaks tripling over the last forty years. While addressing a pandemic, experts usually want to know the following things about the disease: i) How quickly is it spreading? Since the first report of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wuhan, China, it has spread to at least 100 other countries. Companies like Alibaba, Baidu, and Huawei accelerated their healthcare initiatives. Tech start-ups are getting more involved integrally with clinicians, academics and government entities around the world to activate technology against the fast-spreading pandemic.
There are many pain points when it comes to the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19. One of them is how exactly to test people for it when the necessary testing kits are in short supply and, according to at least some theories, many more people may have already had it than current estimates suggest. One possible solution could be to allow artificial intelligence to scrutinize chest X-rays of patients' lungs to spot signs of potential coronavirus-caused lung damage. That's the basis for several exciting and promising attempts to develop a neural network that could be used to give a strong indication of whether or not a patient likely has COVID-19. Researchers at Chinese medical company Infervision recently teamed up with Wuhan Tongji Hospital in China to develop a COVID-19 diagnostic tool.
On December 30, researchers using artificial intelligence systems to comb through media and social platforms detected the spread of an unusual flu-like illness in Wuhan, China. It would be days before the World Health Organization released a risk assessment and a full month before the UN agency declared a global public health emergency for the novel coronavirus. Could the AI systems have accelerated the process and limited, or even arrested, the extent of the COVID-19 pandemic? Clark Freifeld, a Northeastern University computer scientist working with the global disease surveillance platform HealthMap, one of the systems detecting the outbreak, said it remains an open question. "We identified the early signals, but the reality is it's hard to tell when you have an unidentified respiratory illness if it's a really serious situation," said Freifeld.
The novel coronavirus has been circulating among humans for barely three months, but several bio-tech firms have already created drugs that target the COVID-19 disease. One of the secret weapons for the fast response is artificial intelligence. The Chinese government initially was criticized for downplaying the severity of the coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan last December. However, researchers around the world applauded the quick work of Chinese scientists in decoding the genetic sequence of the virus, dubbed SARS-CoV-2, and posting the results in a public database on January 10. Researchers quickly went to work.
The pandemic outbreak of novel coronavirus has taken the world by storm. It has created a huge stir across the socio-economic landscape of various countries. Out of 195, the reports say, COVID-19 has infected 192 nations across the globe. While the death toll is rising in other countries like Italy, China is recovering from Wuhan-origin virus with no new domestic cases registered recently, since the outbreak. But how is China recovering while others are getting deep into the unhealthy mess?
Having participated and contributed to many programs on big data, artificial intelligence and health, I realize that yes, medicines and vaccines are needed to treat the COVID-19 virus, but big data analytics can also be mustered into service to prevent the spread of the insidious pandemic that now grips the world. This isn't just a hypothesis by an analytics professor who has spent two decades in the analytics and machine learning area, but it is actually being proven in Taiwan, an island nation that is in close proximity to mainland China, where the virus was first reported in the city of Wuhan. As of the week of March 16, Taiwan reported about 100 detected cases of COVID-19. Taiwan is about as close to the epicenter of this outbreak as any place can get. There is a lot of travel from the Wuhan area to places in Taiwan.
In a time of public health emergency such as the COVID-19 pandemic, one may wonder why bother discussing Artificial Intelligence (AI). This article is not about pushing the relevance of AI but to outline how it is making a meaningful contribution to the fight against the pandemic. The role of AI goes back to the very beginning of the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. BlueDot, a Canadian AI platform, was one of the first entities in the world to identify an unusual cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan and signal to the world the possibility of an outbreak. This alert came way before any international health authorities issued a warning.