Robotics at the Times of COVID-19

It was not long back when automation hit the industries globally. I still remember one of my friends blaming Robotic Process Automation for her job loss and telling how it has endangered many lines of work. But today Robots and automation are playing a crucial role in helping people fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

These days when all of us are left with no work at all or bound to work from home, the entire world is managing to move through RPA. In fact, COVID-19 has been a wake-up call for many to analyze the business area where the robots and automation can fit in and can replace or assist humans.

In this tough time, one industry that is under the utmost pressure of work is healthcare. With the continuous spread of coronavirus across the globe, medical professionals are among the few working day and night to safeguard people. In the time of social distancing automation and robotics in healthcare have revolutionized the traditional process of human care.

Robots Speed up Testing of COVID-19 

Timely testing and identification of the COVID-19 patients is an important step to prevent the spread of the fatal virus. But the slow testing process with cost and resource limitations causes further delay in the patient treatment.

With the deployment of artificial intelligence (AI) enabled robots to classify the high risk patients and members for proactive testing and guidance about coronavirus, risk of virus spread is significantly reduced.

Hospitals are also using robots to manage patient queues for testing and to transfer the test result data to infection control departments which helps medical staff to have some more time to treat patients due to work automation. 

RPA assisting pharmaceutical companies 

Robotic companies are offering automated solutions to the pharmaceutical companies that are working on the vaccine for the virus. These automated solutions aim to speed up repetitive and manual steps involved in the process.

In China, smart hospitals using robots to flag the potential patients at the hospital entrance showing COVID-19 symptoms, monitoring heart rate and delivering medication.

Learning with ROBOTS 

Robots4STEM Avatar Version coding software from ROBOKIND is available for district schools experiencing closure due to COVID-19 outbreak. The virtual coding program is designed to help students of 1-8 grade learn coding skills during the closure period for no cost. 

Telepresence Robots 

you must be familiar with zoom, skype and many other virtual meeting tools that replace the usual personal/professional meetings. Several schools in India are utilizing Zoom remote conferencing service for the smooth functioning of teaching learning process during the unexpected school closure period.

But telepresence robots provide you with a virtual presence while placing you at a remote location with internet connectivity. In healthcare these robots have additional health related applications apart from the basic ones.

In the current time of social distancing telepresence robots are bringing smiles to coronavirus patients who are bound to stay alone and to people in nursing homes having zero visitation policy. People who unfortunately are left with few days to live, can meet their loved ones who can’t be present physically in this tough time due to the fatal spread of coronavirus, strict isolation policy and the lockdown environment.

Unmanned Delivery Vehicles and Self-driving Carts & Drone 

Amid lockdown and social distancing, anonymous robots are delivering supplies to the people at their doorsteps. Self-driving vans making contactless deliveries and providing fresh fruits, vegetables and other essential supplies in China.

A drone delivery service has started by Manna Aero to deliver medicines to the needy who are locked in their homes during lockdown. Technology is helping clinics and hospitals to deliver medicines when people are unable to come out and buy things in person thus, contributing to life adjustments in the times of coronavirus outbreak.

Disinfection Robots 

Autonomous UVD robots are being used in hospitals in China to prevent infection. These disinfection robots can disinfect and kill all airborne viruses and bacteria present on surface. With UVD robots the risk of virus exposure to medical staff has reduced considerably.

Beyond the healthcare space, the disinfection robots are also in demand in super-markets, office spaces, airports, hotels and restaurants. 

Conclusion 

Undoubtedly technology has always shown us path of future but robotics is going to be an integral part of our lives in the coming days. The recent outbreak has forced people to go online and will result in the complete automation of cities gradually.

Robots are filling the gaps left by humans in this tough time and winning hearts. 

 

References
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200219005708/en/China-Buys-Danish-Robots-Fight-Coronavirus
https://telepresencerobots.com/what-telepresence-robot-and-what-can-they-do
https://www.robokind.com/avatar?utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.robokind.com%2F
https://www.uipath.com/newsroom/uipath-launches-a-pro-bono-automation-project-with-the-mater-hospital

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