Sylvia He: Using the Internet of Things To Fight Virus Outbreaks

13/03/2020 - 09:18

Although much less fatal than the Ebola and previous SARS virus epidemics, the current coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) has spread to more people (more than 125,000 in fewer than 50 days) in more countries (more than 120 countries) in a much shorter time frame (50 days). On March 11, 2020, the WHO has formally declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.

Like many other outbreaks, COVID-19 faces serious challenges such as identifying the origin of the epidemic (or the patient zero), reducing the spread of the virus, and having enough medical resources to treat all the patients with severe symptoms.