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Robots, Smart Helmets Deployed in Coronavirus Fight

By SciDev.Net

March 12, 2020

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Robotics are being used to sanitize hospitals in a bid to minimize health workers' exposure to the coronavirus.

In China, robots are being used in hospitals to deliver food and medication and take patients' temperatures. Drones are deployed to transport supplies, spray disinfectants, and do thermal imaging.

Police officers were also recently issued smart helmets with facial recognition technology and an infrared camera that automatically detects body temperature.

Artificial intelligence is being used to diagnose SARS-CoV-2. Software that automatically detects symptoms via CT scan images can make diagnoses quicker and reduce the risk of human error.

"This system helps doctors save valuable time and increase accuracy of judgment," says Ming-Ming Cheng, a professor at Nankai University's College of Computer Science, in China.

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