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How Researchers Fight Against Covid-19
Engineers and Researchers across the world are tweaking drones, robots, and smart tools to assist in preventing the spread of the coronavirus
Fremont, CA: As the COVID-19 pandemic causes chaos globally, claiming an incredible number of lives each day, the researchers are onto experimentation to find ways in which they can contribute to the global response against the crisis. Many institutions are building their DIY ventilators, face masks, and face shields for the frontline workers. In contrast, many others have focused on creating sophisticated tracking mechanisms to map out epidemic hotspots.
On the other hand, some ingenious innovations are being tweaked to address various challenges posed by the coronavirus. May it be tech-recycling or disaster preventive measures, these devices have the potential to help prevent further attacks and pandemics by revolutionizing healthcare, if scaled and implemented efficiently.
As handwashing frequently, via proper steps, is the only preventive measure during this crisis, A social innovation engineer developed a smart mirror that can detect the presence of a person. This mirror, after identifying the person, will walk them through the various steps of handwashing as recommended by the WHO.
Drone to Assist Pandemic Response
This university in Australia partnered with a Canada-based drone technology firm to design a drone that could assist the local authorities in identifying and predict COVID-19 hotspots. In 2019, it was recorded that the computer system attached to the drone had the vision capability enough to detect the human’s vitals from almost four to eight meters away. The system also has the option to find human bodies buried under the debris. These drones can fly, detect any anomalies in the people’s vitals, and transfer the information to the app.
COVID-19 has brought insurmountable obstacles to humankind, but it has also propelled many researchers to push creative boundaries and innovate devices for the betterment of the world. One such idea is the disinfection Robot that uses a pulsed Xenon lamp to shoot intense UV light in milliseconds. This deactivated microbes such as bacteria, spores, fungi, and viruses. The UV light’s 200 to 300-nanometer wavelength targets ranges of different cellular processes in germs bringing to a stop their replication and causes the breakdown of the cell wall. With the increasing demand for infrastructure in the hospitals, the disinfection robot is an added gem that can help with several roles among frontline workers.
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