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COVID-19 and Role of Technology

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2020 opened with a disaster of Australian bushfires but it didn’t stop there it had something else in the bag for the world. COVID-19 has shadowed the world right now, no place on earth is safe such is the spread of this dreadful disease is. During these trying times any help that people can gather comes as a spring of life for people. All the professions and fields of work are trying their level best to introduce new technology against COVID-19 to counter this situation. Similarly, tech isn’t lagging, in these contemporary times when most of our lifestyles revolve around tech related goods and equipment tech must keep up the pace with a pandemic of such scale.

A lot of app developers are partnering up with pharmaceutical companies and doctors to provide patients the ease of consultation and tele-medicine at their homes. They can log in to these apps by downloading them from either Playstore or Appstore depending on what OS you are using. These apps are really helpful as they help with any minor inconveniences you might face during the lockdown. People can access them and ask for consultations on diabetes, hypertension, etc. by adding in technology against COVID-19, the developers said this can help millions of people stay safe as they would not leave the security of their houses and get the opinion of world-class doctors and pharmaceutical experts.

COVID-19 came in hard and swift and as it was a first of its kind pandemic medical experts and healthcare workers didn’t have much time to prepare. To counter this a free online resource has been launched. This assure that every healthcare professional receives the essential knowledge about how to keep themselves and their patients safe. They also provide access to any updates and new guidelines regarding the research taking place all over the world. It is a very critical step because in all the rush of COVID-19 it is critical that we keep our front line defenders i.e. healthcare workers ready and prepared.

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Facebook is one of the biggest tech companies in the world. They also own Instagram and WhatsApp, so the reach they possess is enormous. The owner of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have donated $13.6 million to research that is dedicated to COVID-19. This research is being conducted in collaboration with some of the biggest in institutes in the world. This research aims to find out how exactly COVID-19 spreads and what areas are being affected the most and the reasons for it. They are planning on compiling this data and handing it over to the concerned parties so they can be more effective in their fight against COVID-19.

Another great initiative being taken by medical companies is designing a test that is easy to use. Tech has allowed us to develop safety measures and methods that may be impossible to produce in the past. These test kits allow the patients to perform a test by themselves. Cotton swabs in the shape of Q tips are being used to collect samples from the nose and saliva. These are then put into an airtight sealed bag that comes included with a test and sent to a lab for molecular testing. This is a safe way to get yourself tested in a time where lockdown is being observed, this will allow you to get tested without even stepping outside your home.

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Wearables are playing a vital role in containing COVID-19. Countries have introduced bracelets that keep track of the patients that were tested positive for COVID-19. They allow the doctors and healthcare workers to closely track their patients without being physically there all the time. They also double as a strict tracking and tracking device, allowing governments to keep track of people who are infected so they can observe if the patients are observing the rules of their isolation or not. The authorities are notified if the patients breach the guidelines of their isolation or if the bracelet gets powered out. This is a great way to keep the spread of COVID-19 under check as the number of cases is increasing day by day.

All of these examples show us how in contemporary world tech can help us in fighting COVID-19 to the fullest. Which of these technologies you think is groundbreaking? The world is going through a tough phase right now but with all of the big tech companies pitching in we can fight this together and move towards the containment and eventually the elimination of COVID-19.

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M. Ahmad Zia

M. Ahmad Zia is a technology entrepreneur and a researcher in healthcare technology. Click the link below to get in touch with him.