Technology and the Corona Virus


Technology and the Corona Virus


The corona virus emerged sometime in 2019 in Wuhan, China. And by the time its fatality was detected, it was too late. As this blog is being written about 100 countries stand infected.

Using technology

To their credit, the Chinese began responding to the virus, by heavily relying on technology. They particularly used AI (Artificial Intelligence), and data science, to combat the situation. Armed with the latest, the country was able to track, chase and fight the epidemic. Tech giants started providing healthcare products and services while technicians drove medical facilities, clinicians and other entities to use technology constructively to contain the virus’s spread. Here are some ways in which technology helped humans fight the corona virus.

How technology helped?


One of the most important aspects of control is to arrest escalation, which is possible only through forecasting. AI was trained to detect, analyze and draw inferences about a possible outbreak by scanning news reports, documents and other media for information. Public warnings could be issued before an upsurge to the WHO (World Health Organization) by Canadian company Blue Dot, which ran AI modules.


An AI solution was developed by Infer vision that aided healthcare workers to identify and monitor the virus effectively. The diagnosis speed of the CT was improved with this solution that was extremely useful for front-line healthcare workers. Even Alibaba – the eCommerce giant, would provide AI-powered systems that could diagnose the virus with absolute accuracy.


Ant Financial offered a block chain platform that could hasten claims processing. While clinical operations were addressed well, administrative functions were also handled virtually with the help of AI, where human interactions were markedly reduced.

Medical Supplies

What better way than to use drones to deliver medical supplies to the needy. Unmanned aerial machines were created by Terra Drone to provide medicines and other quarantine materials to infected persons, with minimal risk. Public spaces could also be patrolled thus being able to track non-compliance of mandates.


There are other innovations as well such as Sonovia’s advanced fabrics that turned into anti-pathogen masks, and anti-bacterial matter, embedded with nano particles. Sense Time helps identify non-compliant or infected individuals through a facial recognition technology that also automatically measures temperature. Technology giants such as Huawei, DiDi and Ten cent are using supercomputers and cloud computing resources to find a vaccine or cure for the virus.

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