Combating COVID-19 Using Technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR)

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All of us understand the external symptoms of coronavirus but imagine seeing it in Virtual Reality (VR). Move ahead from science-fiction, this is the new reality. As the COVID-19 grounds millions of people across the globe, technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR), Artificial Intelligence (AI) is experiencing an increase in demand. World Health Organization (WHO) has been deploying these technologies with added support from Information Technology (IT) and social media to fight this pandemic.

How Is AI, VR Changing The Way We Look At COVID-19?

In comics, television, and films, we have seen superheroes having powerful X-ray vision. This science-fiction is fast becoming reality, as countries are leveraging AI to stop the spread of coronavirus.

AI startup Rokid Corp, based out of China has developed “non-contact thermal” smart glasses. It has the power to detect the body temperature of humans from a distance of up to 1 meter. This smart-glass powered by AI is capable of checking temperatures of several hundred people within two minutes. These temperature checkpoints are deployed at critical places such as railway stations, malls, and airports to reduce the risk of contagion and also reduce the waiting time.

Other applications include robotic cleaners spraying disinfectant, apps that track people’s travel history, and voice assistants that advice quarantined people.

On March 18, 2020, George Washington University Hospital received its first COVID-19 positive patient. Dr. Keith Mortman says that the patient was undergoing rapid and progressive damage to the lungs and needed maximum support from the ventilator. With the help of Virtual Reality (VR), the medical team was able to see into the patient’s lungs. Dr. Mortman says that there was so much difference between the virus-infected abnormal lung and the healthier one, that one doesn’t even need an MD qualification to understand the images.

VR has been integrated into operating theatres to analyze, interpret, synchronize and coordinate the available data to achieve optimal results. This shift in favor of data, infused with AI, VR technologies will enhance the algorithmic nature of business and provide a competitive edge to healthcare facilities.

The goal is to help researchers take advantage of these technologies and equip them with the right data to combat information overload, thus enabling new approaches and insights to address coronavirus. COVID-19 has come with an alarming bang this 2020.

Only time can answer if we will be able to emerge wiser in how we deal with pandemics?