Over the past year, we have learned many things about COVID-19, along with how it affects us physically and in our daily lives. The most important thing that we have learned is that although technology cannot stop a pandemic from happening, it can make life easier and help to stop the spread of disease.
Technology has assisted in informing us, collecting important data and empowering the scientific community in the search for a vaccine. Without the power of today’s technology, the unprecedented toll of the pandemic may have been much worse.
The search for a vaccine to combat COVID-19 was powered by intelligent programming created by innovative companies like HTEC, giving scientists and medical professionals the advantage of lightning-fast data collection. Let’s take a look at a few other ways that technology is helping to fight the pandemic.
Health and science organizations in every country are using artificial intelligence technology and complex algorithms to collect and analyze data that helps to trace the pandemic. Collection of travel, infection, and health data has provided a much clearer picture for experts regarding how this virus is spread, where the hot spots are, and who may be the most at risk in any particular area.
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Many things about our daily lives have changed during the pandemic. From mask-wearing to working from home, technology is helping the world continue to function optimally in the face of adversity. With strict safety and social distancing measures in place, economies around the world have been challenged. Retailers have been able to harness the power of technology using contact-free services like no-touch keypads on their payment stations and no-contact deliveries to keep their business running and their customer commitments fulfilled.
The days of commuting back and forth to the office have been gone since March 2020. Millions of workers have converted to working from home. By utilizing technology like video conferencing, email, and live chatting platforms, many employees have been able to manage their careers without having to risk going to the office.
In the medical field, there are already many places where artificial intelligence is beginning to play an important role. By analyzing large blocks of patient data and creating risk forecast models, doctors and scientists are given the opportunity to better understand this virus and how it affects patients across a broad spectrum. Amid the confusion caused by the pandemic, researchers are able to share their findings, their data and other important information across borders.
When the pandemic began, the race was on to find an existing drug or treatment that would be effective for patients. Without technologies that allow doctors to search for applicable medications, the rate of patient treatment would be devastating. Using AI, medical teams and scientists from around the world can quickly search for any drugs that may be helpful along with breaking down the protein structures of the virus for a better understanding of how to combat it.
During these unprecedented times, we have all had to make changes and sacrifices in our everyday lives. Thanks to technology, we are able to continue our careers, have our children learning from home, receive deliveries of essential products safely, and benefit from the fastest-ever vaccine development. Technology has helped fight the pandemic in every way that is important and should remind us all that we are in this together.
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