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The First U.S Patient With Coronavirus is being Treated by a Robot

Posted on January 28th, 2020
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Modern technology and Artificial intelligence have improved our quality of lives and undoubtedly new innovations will continue to do so. A medical Robot is proofing to be a very useful tool in the wake of the new corona outbreak which started in Wuhan, China.

The first person to be diagnosed with the disease in the U.S, a man in his 30s, is now being treated mostly by a robot. The robot, equipped with a stethoscope, is helping doctors take the man’s vitals and communicate with him through a large screen, reported CNN. The man had recently traveled to Wuhan china and was worried that he might have the symptoms of the coronavirus, of which he was diagnosed. The doctors have since put him in isolation, and served mostly by the Robot.

The introduction of the Robot helps in limiting exposure to the man as the disease is highly contagious.

The Coronavirus

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this recent coronavirus outbreak is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

The virus has killed at least 106 people and infected 4,500 having spread from Wuhan, China to the U.S and Europe.

The true extent of the Wuhan coronavirus is unclear, however, and official figures may be an underestimation as mild symptoms and delayed onset mean cases are likely to have been undetected, a team of scientists have said.

Coronavirus – The Symptoms

  • Common signs of infection include
  • Respiratory symptoms,
  • Fever,
  • Cough,
  • Shortness of breath and
  • Breathing difficulties.

In more severe cases, the infection can cause

  • Pneumonia,
  • Severe acute respiratory syndrome,
  • Kidney failure and even death.

Source: WHO

Coronavirus Prevention

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include

  • Regular handwashing,
  • Covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing,
  • Thoroughly cooking meat and eggs.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

Source: WHO

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