How technology helped in COVID-19?

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Technology has played an important role in responding to the novel corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) and subsequent COVID-19 pandemic. Technology cannot prevent the onset of the pandemics; however, it can help prevent the spread, educate, warn, and empower those on the ground to be aware of the situation, and noticeably lessen the impact. With the convergence of technologies such as mobile, cloud, analytics, robotics, AI/ML, 4G/5G, and high-speed internet, it is now possible to explore a variety of groundbreaking pandemic response approaches.

Misinformation regarding the number of deaths, diagnosis and care options, vaccinations, medications, government policies, and other topics increases public fear and anxiety. In order to reduce false information, companies like Google, Facebook and YouTube are working tirelessly to guide people to the right, verifiable information such as that published by WHO or local authorities and government. A straightforward scenario can be generated by making correct information accessible to all, and people can be told about the proper steps to take.

The world is desperate to find a way to slow the spread of the corona virus and find a cure that works. Technology is becoming an enabler to make the process faster. Microsoft Bing launched an interactive COVID-19 map to provide widespread disease news.

In India, telecom operators like Jio, BSNL, Airtel, and more, are using the caller tunes to spread awareness about the pandemic. Mobile apps are increasingly used to maximize awareness as well as tracking. In India, the government has recommended downloading the Aarogya Setu app to keep a watch on potential hotspots of the virus growth. The app is available in 11 regional languages. And a toll-free Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) has also been implemented for citizens who do not use smartphones. The Indian government is also using railway reservation data and airline booking records to monitor the quarantined.

Contact tracing apps have proven highly effective at identifying and tracking people who may have come into contact with someone infected, helping to control the spread of the virus in countries like Germany.

Even if people are disguised, facial recognition systems combined with data will reliably recognize them. Such technologies can help in monitoring movement and tracking of people who are quarantined. It can also help in keeping a tab on people and ascertaining whether or not they have been in contact with an infected person. CCTV cameras along with facial recognition technologies can help in identifying infected people who break the rules and step out despite being quarantined.

Self-driving cars, drones, robots can all help at a time when the need is to avoid human contact. Autonomous vehicles can safely move patients to and from medical facilities without endangering the lives of healthy people.

The most critical medical equipment used at checkpoints in offices, airports, hotels, hospitals, train stations, stores, and other public places is wireless thermometer guns and other similar infrared body temperature measurement devices. The method is being made quicker and more efficient thanks to automated thermal control and facial recognition.

In this worldwide outbreak, technology is bringing video conferencing and networking together for digital interactions. Virtual events have replaced the in-person ones. Remote working is a blessing that comes due to technology and is of one the greatest solution that helps us in social distancing.

Schools and university campuses have opted for online tutoring mode. Many institutions are using video conferencing tools like zoom. BYJU’S, an online tutoring platform in India, reported a 200% increase in new enrolments.

Without any outdoor entertainment, the lockdown has led to more people inadvertently realizing the convenience of OTT, which has already created a shift in the way content is consumed on a day-to-day basis.

During the lockdown period, leading OTT platforms like Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video, Zee5, AltBalaji, Voot Select saw a substantial rise in viewership and app downloads.

 

Since people were afraid to go out during the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 Corona virus, the online grocery market has exploded, owing to rising customer demand.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, technological advances have provided major benefits to day-to-day operations. Technology in business plays an important role in decreasing human interference, rising efficiency, and reducing errors.

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