While the Coronavirus, or COVID-19 continues to spread, more countries and states are taking precautions to keep people healthy and safe in these troubled times. As more restrictions are put in place, it can be difficult for people to adapt to the changes and maintain positive thinking. But there are several organizations and hospitals working on ways to combat the virus and many have made considerable progress in just a short period of time.
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WLarge scale organizations are doing their part to handle patients who have tested positive for the virus and to inform citizens worldwide about its progression. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that as of March 23rd, there were over 33,000 cases in the United States. Like other countries with the number of infected people rapidly growing, this means the hospitals will be filled with people in need of help or a confirmed test.
Robot Symptom Checker
The CDC in conjunction with Microsoft Azure’s Healthcare bot service has attempted to meet this need. These two organizations have developed a robot named “Clara” who acts as a symptom checker for those who think they may have COVID-19. Using Artificial Intelligence (AI), the robot asks the patient questions about their symptoms to determine the level of care they need.
Microsoft said that screening every patient who has cold or flu-like symptoms makes it difficult for the medical professionals to get to the patients who need access to limited medical supplies. This robot is available in the United States and healthcare groups using it nationwide are now fielding a collective one million messages a day from the public.
Tech giant Facebook is launching a new program to help both the United Nations and government health organizations everywhere to share information about the Coronavirus with the public in an efficient manner. The developers behind the Messenger program will work with the government organizations to develop apps and bots that will share updates and answer frequently asked questions.
Thus far, Argentina, Pakistan, and UNICEF have been using Messenger in some capacity to aid during the pandemic. The idea is not only to ensure everyone is educated, but to keep main phone lines at health and government organizations open for true emergencies. Facebook, Twitter, Google and other tech giants are working to prevent the spread of misinformation and promote the credible data from well-known institutions.
As mentioned in a previous blog post on our site, the [email protected] community asks individual computer users to donate CPU and GPU power to medical professionals. This extra boost of computing power will allow scientists and researchers to understand the structure of the protein that can block the virus.
Since its launch just earlier this month, the program has obtained 470 petaflops of output, which equals enough power to eclipse the world’s top seven supercomputers combined. [email protected] has gained 400,000 new members in the past two weeks. While the increase in power doesn’t guarantee a treatment, it could allow for an important discovery in the medical field.
In these trying times, the best way to know what is happening is to listen to your government’s announcements, read information from trusted health organizations, and continue to follow health and safety protocols. SecureData will be here to write about the technological innovations surrounding the pandemic and keeping you in good spirits that people worldwide are working on a way to treat and contain the virus.
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