Can technology make a difference when it comes to the coronavirus?

Covid-19 coronavirus has taken a financial toll on many industries and there are many people whose livelihood has been severely affected by this crisis. While many people are suffering from huge losses, however, some industries have emerged and made a fortune, be it sanitizer sellers, face mask companies, or pharma companies. Furthermore, as lockdown has been imposed in many regions of the world, the use of social media platforms has spiked, whether it’s Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, or other popular apps and websites.

Meantime, the world economy is being crippled, and the world is trying various alternatives to combat COVID-19. Experts from many countries are making use of technology and developing applications to detect an infected person’s location and potential areas of infection.

In Israel, Taiwan, Italy, India, the UK, and South Korea, location tracking is the most common technology being used by governments to track infected people, check where they went before quarantine, and discover how many people were in close range to the patient. This means that healthy people can avoid contact with COVID-19 positive patients.

Talking about technology, in China and Singapore, robots are coming into use for taking care of isolated patients and cleaning hospitals to minimize the risk of virus spread in healthcare workers. China has also deployed AI-powered thermal cameras to recognize those people in a crowd who have a fever and the country is also working on installing facial-recognition systems to identify people who are not wearing face masks. Amazon, the e-commerce giant, also took to technology in order to deliver essentials by drone. These are a few examples where the use of technology has made a difference.

Technology companies are also rushing to release new products that can better prepare us against future outbreaks. Safe Spacer, for example, is a wearable monitor that beeps when you get close to others, ensuring you maintain social distancing. HygieneHook is a portable hook you can carry around to open doors without touching public handlebars. Immutouch is a new device that vibrates whenever you’re about to touch your face, preventing you from touching your face and contaminating yourself.

Looking at other areas, many air purifier companies are promoting their products as an effective protection measure against the coronavirus with claims of removing the virus from air. Indeed, many air purifiers claim to remove 99% of bacteria and viruses such as H1N1 influenza, Staphylococcus aureus, E-coli, and Aspergillus, to name a few. But, as the coronavirus is so new, people are bound to think about the 1% risk factor.

According to Dr. Erin Sorrell, an Assistant Professor of Microbiology at Georgetown’s Center for Global Health Science and Security, “Your typical HEPA filter is not going to be able to remove coronavirus from the air. The filter itself is.3 microns, and the virus itself is roughly.1 microns.”

As the virus strain is so new, it has never been seen in humans before and, as you are no doubt aware, there is no vaccine for COVID-19 yet. However, the WHO deployed R&D Blueprint to accelerate the diagnostic and vaccination process. Some of the potential COVID-19 vaccines have also reached Phase 3 of clinical trials.

But while countries around the world are scrambling to release a vaccine, we still don’t have any sure means of protecting ourselves. Hence, using air purifiers may not help in the fight against the coronavirus because the whole concept that is being promoted by these air purifier companies is wrong. The coronavirus does not spread through the air; it is not mobile in air. It spreads by the droplets generated by an infected person when he or she sneezes and coughs. When you touch those droplets and then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, the virus enters your body.

One thing which we can do to fight the coronavirus is to stay healthy and not let anything take a toll on our immunity. Strong immunity is the only way to combat this virus. The novel coronavirus causes a deadly respiratory disease. Hence, we should make the best effort to stay healthy. All we need to do is follow all the precautions mentioned by the WHO: to protect ourselves and our loved ones, we should wash our hands regularly, sanitize our hands, avoid touching our faces, and maintain a hygienic lifestyle.

On the other hand, air purifiers could be a good add-on for your house and workspace as a means of maintaining general good health. They are one of the prominent technologies that work wonders for our health by purifying the air around us and removing all the microbes and impurities.

By taking precautions and giving air purifiers a try, you will not only remove the common viruses and bacteria from the air but also be provided with impurity-free air to breathe in. Furthermore, it will eliminate the risk of other common illnesses, such as the flu.

While the world is chanting “stay home and stay safe,” we can all contribute to ending this pandemic just by staying inside. Social distancing is the best practice to control the spread of the virus. Going out may risk your health, but staying indoors will surely not.

Technology can’t make a difference if we aren’t responsible enough. The coronavirus has taken the world by storm; the increasing number of deaths caused by this virus is very sad. But, to come out from this crisis, we all need to practice social distancing and all the other safety measures described by the experts.