AI Ray of Hope in the Abyss of Coronavirus Pandemic

The ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic (CoViD-19), which is wreaking havoc, is a public health emergency challenging the world. It is a major source of debacle in the 21st century putting the world on alert and affecting everyone from all walks of life. This is the time when each one of us has realized how precious every breath is, especially when one sees those who are struggling to breathe and trying their best to get the next breath.

Due to absence of any explicit medication at present, the only option we have is prevention. Yes, there is a lot to reflect on how life can suddenly change and how everything around us can start falling apart. Sure we comfort ourselves saying, “This too shall pass,” but do we really know what the future holds?

These are tough times, but this is where we are called to be sensitive, sensible and to build solidarity by helping to answer to the needs of others and look beyond ourselves. This pandemic has a lesson for us and that is to be more human and humane. Let us not miss these lessons. It is so important that we DO NOT PANIC and be realistic about the Coronavirus pandemic.

A pandemic can make enormous difficulties for the health officials and the government authorities of the affected areas all around the world. A key challenge is to assemble data as quickly as possible to fight the menace caused by CoViD-2019. In response to the infectious Coronavirus disease, ongoing efforts need to be augmented for slowing down the flare-ups.

The onslaught of CoViD-19 has decimated lives, derailed economies and displaced millions at an alarming rate. To fight this lethal pestilence, big data and artificial intelligence (AI) can provide a key role in predicting episodes and limiting or slowing down the spread. As AI rapidly becomes standard, medical science is surely a territory where it will assume a major job in keeping us more secure.

Further, a prominent comprehension of these wonders can enable the network to respond far more rapidly and sustain the efforts on round-the-clock basis. Synergising surveillance technology to build an ecosystem which facilitates the application of AI will reshape and strengthen our ability to fight the health crisis.

During this challenging time of unspoken plight, we must see it as a responsibility and not an opportunity to tackle the hovering situation. Deploying AI mechanisms are the fastest and safest tools in the time of a disease outbreak. AI and Robotics is an even more potent combination. Delivery robots and drones are not susceptible to virus and can be primarily pertinent to fight against critical epidemics and prevent large scale mortality.

Already, DeepMind division of Google has utilized its most recent AI calculations and its registering capacity to comprehend the proteins that may make up the Coronavirus infection. This is now helping biomedical professionals in creating suitable medications. It is not just the clinical frameworks that are being burdened but also the business and managerial divisions as they manage the patient surge.

A blockchain platform is assisting speed with increasing cases and is helping lessen the measure of one to one interaction between clinical staff and patients. Chatbots have additionally been fundamental, specialized first for the
tourism industry to keep visitors updated on recent travel methods and interruptions.

Artificial intelligence can help recognize, track and forecast outbreaks and speed up drug testing. By utilizing AI, a Canadian startup BlueDot has already been able to detect an outbreak. BlueDot’s AI cautioned of the risk a few days before the World Health Organization issued their public warnings.

As far as AI supremacy in developing nations including India is concerned, we still have a long way to go. However, work is ongoing and will be boosted if we are able to strike strategic partnerships and promote innovation by creating the necessary platforms. Imagine what a huge mind-set change Coronavirus has wrought in us.

In this fight against the virus, we have risen above all differences and have stood as one amidst this humanitarian crises. So for now, let us brace ourselves for more quarantines even as we continue to hope and pray for better days.

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Dr. Geetanjali Sageena

Dr. Geetanjali Sageena works as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Keshav Mahavidyalaya, University of Delhi. She believes that man has constantly tampered with Nature without any foresight to the implications and that citizen participation in environmental protection is of utmost importance.

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