How Apple, Google, 23andMe, And Other Companies Are Fighting COVID-19 | Facebook
More and more tech companies are stepping up to fight the coronavirus.
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Of Of course, course these these inventions inventions inventions do. do do not not not replace replace replace safety safety safety precautions, nor are they they intended intended to to be be be a a a fix fix fix all. all all all but but but but technology. technology technology technology can make a a difference difference in in combating combating the the virus virus spreads. spread for one. Apple and Google are teaming up to build a contact tracing feature for their phones, which would use Bluetooth to track physical proximity between phones and enhance their users. This will all be on an opt-in basis. so if you're one of the users who tested positive for covid- 19, you could report it through the app and then users who are in recent contact with you would get a notification for you screen concerns of privacy and practicality. The tech giants are working on on that that with with the the beta beta beta version version version available for. available available for for developers now. developers Now besides. Tracing Apple is also offering resources to screen your symptoms through it's website or through Siri. Do you have any of the following fever, dry cough or trouble breathing? but if you're not in the Apple ecosystem and own an Amazon Alexa product. If you think you have covid- 19, I can ask you a few questions based on CDC guidelines. You can also ask the voice assistant to play a song for 20 seconds while you wash your your hands you. hands you. hands you. You get the point along with the collection of screening services. There's also been a rise in maps and dashboards. Facebook released a map of people in the United States who have reported covid- 19 symptoms. The data is from surveying more than a million anonymous participants and the map breaks it down by each County. Facebook and Google also developed mobility dashboards showing how movement has changed in places like supermarkets and transit stations. Wearables have also also become become become popular popular popular for for for for earlier. earlier earlier detection more than two point zero zero zero zero health health care care workers workers workers at at at the the the the University University University University Of California. of of of California, California, California San. San San Francisco campus. Francisco campus have received an. Amar Ring This ring has technology to track changes in body temperature, heart rate and sleep. The goal is to identify frontline health care professionals who may be infected before they become symptomatic. Eventually, researchers hope to gather enough data to develop an algorithm for covid- 19 detection. Artificial intelligence is also assisting frontline health care workers technology giant Alibaba is using AI to speed up the process of analyzing CT scans this process normally. Up to 15 minutes, Alibaba says the AI shortens it to a maximum of about 10 seconds and in Mid-March said it had already analyzed over 240000 CT scans while maintaining a 96 percent accuracy rate. This technology has been tested in hospitals in China and Alibaba hopes to expand its usage to Europe, 23 23, and and me me is is also also also conducting conducting conducting research. research research research of of of its its its own. own own. own. The The The The genetic study. Of course, course, it's it's goal goal is is is to to to obtain obtain obtain over over over over one. one million one million one million. responses responses responses and analyze genetic genetic factors factors that that that might might might be be be be Associated. Associated Associated Associated with with with covid-. covid-. Covid- 19 to understand why some. More severe symptoms than others, This research will also consider non genetic factors like age obesity, pregnancy and prior exposure. Other tests that will slowly come to the market are at-home kits. Everly Well has been doing at-home kits for many health concerns from fertility tests to allergy tests to HIV tests. It''s latest covid-, 19 19 At-home At-home test test test is is is not not not yet yet yet available. available available available to to to To the. the the the the general general general general public, public but. public, public, but but but it is working with the the FDA FDA to to meet meet guidelines guidelines and and is offering. is offering bulk order options to. Hospitals and health care providers the way this at-home test would work. Is you take an online questionnaire to see if you qualify to receive a kit once approved this 130 - $5 kit will be mailed to you within 48 hours of the lab. Getting your sample. you'll get your results digitally If the results are positive, there's telehealth available to inform you on next steps. There are many more companies making big and small steps to fight Covid- 19, and we will continue to see more in the future, but in the meantime, stay healthy use these tools if applicable. And follow instructions. We all have a part in this.