By Joseph Reis – Owner of fbx.ee – fbx.ee.com
An outbreak of a viral disease across a large region, affecting people globally is called a Pandemic. Whenever there is an epidemic or a Pandemic, millions of precious human lives are lost due to the non availability of vaccines. If we look at world history, we come to know that as humans evolved, so did the diseases. After every some time in different eras, different pandemics spread throughout the world. The deadly outbreak of Black Death, Plague of Justinian, Smallpox and Cholera resulted not only in millions of casualties but also destroyed socioeconomic conditions of that region.
As time went by, man learnt different methods to combat these deadly diseases. The methods of vaccination, self isolation and social distancing have helped us a lot in fighting with these pandemics. Also with the advent of the 21st century, new and advanced technology has helped us a lot for the treatment of diseases. Technology has made us ever more productive. The use of technology in controlling Corona Pandemic has multiple dimensions and applications. Today we are discussing some major services and the role of technology in the Corona pandemic.
As with the help of technology, the world has become a global village. Soon the Corona virus was identified in Wuhan, China. This news spread all over the world within no time. All the strategies adopted by the Chinese government were carefully observed by other countries. This helped them in timely preparing and alerting the medical and health sector.
Many countries got a lesson from the Wuhan disaster and strictly prohibited their citizens from intimate interactions. Better communication has only become possible due to modern technology that includes internet technology and social media. Any event occurring in the world instantly became viral due to this facility.
A major role of technology in a pandemic is finding and locating the deceased persons. Tracking and tracing with the help of modern equipment has led the world in controlling the Corona pandemic. It helps the city administration to locate the epicenter of a disease so that they can impose lockdown in that particular area. Lockdown and curfew is the only way by which we can restrict the spread of a contagious disease. All the statistics coming from a particular area can help the government to analyse, study and then work on disease control.
Modern medical equipment is essential for combating a disease. It is because the virus often made changes in its genome from time to time and from area to area. Therefore medicines should be made according to it. Technology has a key role in pandemics control as it has enabled scientists to study and analyze the mechanism of action of a particular bacteria or virus.
Different medical facilities including Corona testing kits, ventilators, N95 masks and hand sanitizers have become available within this deadly pandemic within no time only because of advancement in technology. Also because digital thermometers that are now used all over the world can easily show the temperature of a deceased person so that he/she can be diagnosed earlier.
The inevitable role of technology in Corona Pandemic is the Vaccine that is under clinical trials and soon will be available in the market.
The term of quarantine and Self Isolations has become popular during this pandemic. It is the most efficient way to control an epidemic. Since the experiment of Wuhan and then in New Zealand is adopted in which Corona was controlled only with the help of quarantine and self isolation. This methodology has been adopted by many countries so that they can also put an end to this disease. The concept of lock down and self quarantine is also a result of using modern technology. Through effective measures a lockdown can be imposed. The use of artificial intelligence is critical for any administration to ensure the restricted movement of the masses and also of disease.
Artificial intelligence has a major role in every field of our life. Since strategy and effective measures can only be done by the amplification of modern technology in pandemics. Robots are very useful in different industries as there is minimal chance of any sort of virus in a robot made product. Many industries are running only because of using modern technology. Many food chains are operating because they are providing untouched food made by machines.
In this way the economy is though slow but still running, providing bread and butter to millions of people. Technology use in Corona Pandemic is essential as there are many asymptomatic patients that may become the cause of disease spread.
Drones on the other hand are useful in delivering different items from place to place in order to ensure the safety measures.
One of the symptoms of Corona patients is that they have high body temperature as compared to a normal person. In China, a new strategy was adopted to check the temperature of every person so that any chance of spreading Corona virus can be eliminated. In this scenario, technology has a major role in Corona Pandemic because it has helped us in developing a temperature Screening machine so that a patient can be detected easily.
To ensure its effectiveness, many countries are operating this tool especially on the airports so that any passenger having the Corona disease symptom can be detected then and there.
The only effective way to restrict and reduce the disease spread is the use of masks and Sanitizers. Use of technology in pandemics led the scientists to research and study the way to reduce its spread. After a conclusive research, it was revealed that washing hands for at least 20 seconds removes the virus from the hand. Technology based study reveals its structure and spread mechanism. Using Masks reduces the chance of disease spread to almost 97% among the individuals. Different masks are available like surgical masks and N-95 masks etc that are quite helpful in preventing the pandemic spread.
Technology has helped the hospital administration to treat the patients as well as reducing the chances of this virus to move from place to place. Personal protective equipment (PPEs) are quite helpful for the doctors. Diagnosis of disease, detection of patients, isolation and treatment all is done through effective management that is possible by using technology. Big data and AI has helped administration and management to detect the patients and determine their clinical status.
At the end, it is a humble request that while we are fighting with this deadly pandemic, we should not be careless and should maintain social distancing to avoid any sort of danger. Technology has helped mankind a lot and in this situation it has become the only solution as Tele-medicine which is the future of the health sector emphasizing the use of modern technology.