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Harnessing Tech In Time Of Covid: Undercurrents Of Human Ingenuity Surfaced To Fight The Pandemic

As the world flails around before COVID-19, the superstructure of human scientific ingenuity girds its loins to beat back the scourge

Harnessing Tech In Time Of Covid: Undercurrents Of Human Ingenuity Surfaced To Fight The Pandemic
Harnessing Tech In Time Of Covid: Undercurrents Of Human Ingenuity Surfaced To Fight The Pandemic
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2020-04-30T14:09:35+05:30

As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 crisis in what may appear to be an almost helpless manner, deep undercurrents of human ingenuity have come to the fore. Some of these ideas are expressed through the power of technology coupled with data. On the other hand, some other examples of potentially promising leads have come to us from human endeavours of the decades gone by. Given the volume and intellectual strength that is being brought to bear in our effort to stem the onslaught of the disease, I wager that sooner rather than later there shall be a breakthrough. It is thus worthwhile to take a look at some of these promising ideas and activities.

At every stage and in every nation where the virus has reached, a concerted effort has been made to record and analyse data in real time. This has been very useful since it has helped understand many things. However, what truly stands out and has not been given enough attention is the marvelous insight that was brought to bear on the rapidly expanding geographical contours of the disease in the United States. A very effective means of gauging the ground situation in this context has happened through an ingenious effort that involves the use of the latest in thermometer technology. It so happens that a very early and vital signal of the onset of the disease in a human is the rise in body temperature. The smart thermometer maker, Kinsa, has used this insight to great advantage. At the time of writing, Kinsa has sold over ten lakh smart thermometers across the US and are selling over 10,000 thermometers on a daily basis. These smart thermometers feed a central facility with temperature readings every time any of their thermometers is used. This has allowed Kinsa to build a temperature map for a major part of the US. What truly stands out is that the first and very early signals that indicated the light...

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