Pandemic drone designed to track and detect people with infectious diseases can limit the spread of coronavirus in hot spots
- The drone is equipped with technology to recognize people who may have coronavirus
- It uses sensors and computer vision to monitor people’s vital functions
- The drone can also sneeze and cough people in a crowd
- Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?
Experts plan to launch a “pandemic drone” to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
The drone is equipped with sensors and computer vision, which allows it to monitor and detect people with infectious respiratory diseases.
The system could also identify sneezing and coughing in crowds, offices, airports, cruise ships, retirement homes, and other places where groups of people can work or gather.
The makers hope to deploy the drone within six months and in various hotspots where ‘most detection is currently required’.
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Experts plan to launch a “pandemic drone” to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The drone is equipped with sensors and computer vision, which allows it to track and detect people with infectious respiratory diseases (stock photo)
The pandemic drone is being developed in collaboration with the University of South Australia (UniSA) and drone maker Draganfly.
The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has sensors and computer vision technology that can monitor the temperature, heart and breath of people in a crowd, and see coughing and sneezing.
Concerned researchers say the drone has demonstrated that heart rate and respiratory rate can be measured very accurately within 16 to 32 feet of people, using drones and at distances up to 165 feet with fixed cameras.
And it uses special algorithms to watch someone sneeze and cough.
The virus is spread from person to person and has now infected more than 531,000 people and more than 23,000 deaths have been reported worldwide. The drone makers hope to deploy the drone within six months and in various hotspots
The UniSA team led by the Defense Chair of Sensor Systems professor Javanese Chahl believes the UAV could be a viable screening tool for the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It may not detect all cases, but it can be a reliable tool to detect the presence of the disease in a place or group of people.”
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS?
Like other coronaviruses, including those that cause the common cold and that caused SARS, COVID-19 is a respiratory disease.
- The most common symptoms are:
- Dry cough
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
While having a runny nose doesn’t rule out the coronavirus, it doesn’t seem to be a primary symptom so far.
Most people get only slightly ill, but the infection can become serious and even deadly, especially for those who are older or have underlying health problems.
In these cases, patients develop pneumonia, which can lead to:
- Possible with yellow, green or bloody mucus
- Fever, sweats, and chills
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid or shallow breathing
- Pain when breathing, especially when breathing deeply or coughing
- Little appetite, energy and fatigue
- Nausea and vomiting (more common in children)
- Confusion (more common in the elderly)
- Some patients have also reported diarrhea, and renal failure has occasionally been a complication.
Avoid people with these symptoms. If you develop them, call your doctor before going to the hospital or the doctor so she and you can prepare to minimize possible exposure if they suspect you have coronavirus.
Chahl says the technology was originally intended for war zones and natural disasters, as well as remotely monitoring the heart rate of premature babies in incubators.
“Now, shockingly, we see the need to use it immediately, to help save lives in the greatest health catastrophe the world has experienced in the past 100 years.”
Cameron Chell, CEO of Draganfly, says his company will use its sensor, software and engineering expertise to integrate and implement with UniSA for government, medical and commercial customers.
“We are honored to work on such an important project, given the current pandemic facing the world at Covid-19. Health and respiration monitoring are not only essential for detection, but also for understanding health trends, “says Chell.
The coronavirus started in December 2019 in China and has since spread to almost every country in the world.
The virus is spread from person to person and has now infected more than 531,000 people and more than 23,000 deaths have been reported worldwide.
Drones have become very helpful during the pandemic, as many countries use the technology to track people who challenge lockout or quarantine advice.
Chula Vista police in San Diego, California, have invested in two drones costing $ 11,000 each and plan to equip the devices with speakers and night vision cameras after Governor Gavin Newsom ordered residents last week to disperse Prevent COVID. 19.
China had also used drones to spray disinfectants over towns and cities affected by the corona virus.
Officials had hoped the disinfectant would prevent further spread of the deadly virus, but it is not yet known how effective it will be.
A villager in the city of Heze, Shandong, offered his personal drone that was used to disinfect an area of 172,000 square feet in one morning.
Unmanned aerial vehicles are proving to be a much faster method of delivering public hygiene than traditional means, on foot or by truck.
Drones have become very useful during the pandemic. China used a drone to spray disinfected on streets and villages. Officials had hoped the disinfectant would prevent the spread of the deadly virus, although it is not yet known how effective this will be