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Chinese Technology needed to fight against Covid-19 once again

Adnan Kayyali

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Chinese Technology needed to fight against Covid-19 once again

Chinese technology has been used to fight against the spread of Covid-19 since the very beginning. The efficiency with which the Chinese government handled the outbreak was clear. However, it seems a slip up may have occurred.

Seventy-nine new cases have suddenly emerged over the last four days in Beijing after two months of decline. The Chinese government quickly jumped to action and closed off over twenty neighborhoods in the area.

Having set the scene, here is a list of Chinese technology used to optimize efficiency and save lives during the outbreak.

Positioning technologies:

Positioning technologies are not unique in China. First respondents, rescue groups, government agencies, transportation and logistics planners have been using it to gain accurate geographic scans of certain areas in times of crisis or when rescue is needed. This proved invaluable when two makeshift Covid-19 hospitals were constructed at record speed, thanks in part, to quick and precise geographic assessment, mapping and imagery.

Satellite imagery:

Satellites, were used to monitor crowd density and traffic congestion, which helped decision makers to manage accordingly. In conjunction with the above (and below) these technologies were used to get a precise map of where the virus was from a bird’s-eye view in real-time.

Drones:

Drones have played an important role in delivering medical supplies and other essentials without human-to-human contact to more severely affected places in the country. This helped to speed up deliveries, bypass road-related delays, and mitigate contamination risks.

Some drones that were previously used for agriculture were repurposed for spraying disinfectants across massive areas, while attached speakers were broadcasting messages to stay at home or warnings when people were seen breaking quarantine unnecessarily or not wearing facemasks.

Health sensors and apps:

China already possesses an expansive, some would say intrusive, surveillance system. With that infrastructure in place, Alibaba and Tencent developed the now well-known color-coded health rating system: green for clean, yellow for at risk, and red for danger. Using location tracking, the app tells the holder, and authorities, if the person has been in contact with an infected person or in an area of high risk. The color determines whether the person is allowed in public spaces or should be quarantined.

Autonomous vehicles

This is an obvious and widespread solution to lessen person to person contact. Autonomous vehicles have been invaluable in distributing essential supplies to people in need. By utilizing cloud services, some vehicles have even been used to disinfect entire city districts.

Robots:

In many hospitals, robots have been tasked with performing diagnostic and thermal imaging. One hospital in Wuhan has even replaced its staff with robots entirely, forming a completely smart medical facility complete with 5G enabled IoT items like bracelets worn by patients monitoring conditions, and cloud-based data storage for fast and accurate assessment and reaction.

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Transparent smart mask allows emotional expression

Mounir Jamil

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Transparent Smart Mask allows Emotion Expression

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, face masks have become an essential part of daily life. However, the masks that we use have stolen a profound way of connecting with others. A person’s facial expression is one of the most important aspects of communication. The typical fabric or paper masks end up concealing our identities and facial reactions (or at least half of them). We are losing valuable personal connections with others because we can’t understand their intentions or see their facial expressions when they smile, frown or laugh.

The answer to this problem? The LEAF mask, the first transparent smart mask that is FDA registered. It has N-99 standard air filtering abilities in addition to a self-purifying feature thanks to a built in UV-C light. The mask protects you and your loved ones while enabling you to convey emotions and expressions; it’s as close to normal as we can get right now.

The LEAF mask’s most defining feature is definitely its transparent design. The unibody is covered in transparent and medical-grade silicon that provides a universal fit, and ensures your face isn’t visually covered by an opaque mask. This is accomplished via the transparent smart mask filters that are located around the chin, which keeps your nose, mouth and cheeks visible to people around you – making the mask more communication-friendly and allowing others to read your lips or facial expressions while talking to them.

The LEAF transparent smart mask also sports an antifogging feature, preventing your mask from becoming cloudy on the inside whenever you take a breath. This means it also allows your smartphones facial-unlock feature to work without taking your mask off. It’s the world’s first transparent mask that has high-quality N99+ HEPA\HEPA-Carbon filters fitted into the lower chin section. Another impressive feature is the self-purifying function, which is made possible with the built-in UV-C light. The LEAF comes in 3 different options: Leaf HEPA, Leaf UV, and Leaf PRO.

The LEAF mask is available in 4 different sizes made to fit children as well as adults. With its transparent structure, the LEAF mask is challenging the status quo of opaque fabric and plastic masks. Especially with disposable masks becoming a threat to the environment, LEAF offers the right solution. A reusable and high-quality mask with long-lasting filters.

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Microsoft online courses for the unemployed

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Microsoft online courses for the unemployed

Microsoft online courses have been created on LinkedIn in support of those hit hardest by the pandemic. The pandemic has caused widespread devastation to worldwide economies, affecting different parts of the world in varying degrees. One thing is for sure, worldwide unemployment hasn’t been this high since The Great Depression.

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), it is projected that the economic and labour crisis brought about by the pandemic may see around 25 million additional people unemployed worldwide.

What’s more, they estimate that some 436 million businesses in sectors such as retail, manufacturing, wholesale, hospitality and others are at high risk of “serious disruption”. Some businesses and jobs may bounce back after the pandemic, but there will most certainly be permanent changes to the post-Coronavirus job landscape.

“This is no longer only a global health crisis, it is also a major labor market and economic crisis that is having a huge impact on people.” Said Director-General of ILO, Guy Ryder.

“For millions of workers, no income means no food, no security and no future” he later continued. “As the pandemic and the jobs crisis evolve, the need to protect the most vulnerable becomes even more urgent.”

In response to the crisis, we are seeing tech companies push relief efforts on their own platforms, assisting severely affected communities through various means. Efforts like information platforms, live maps, updated news, and even platforms to ease distribution of medical resources worldwide, have become invaluable tools.

Microsoft online courses are meant to boost efforts in education, with the company distributing $20 million in donations to numerous NGOs, aimed at aiding those impacted by unemployment.

Using its own tool, LinkedIn Learning Paths was designed with tutorials to kickstart a person’s career in 10 fields currently in high-demand, according to LinkedIn’s data. These jobs will offer livable wages with promising future prospects.

The jobs listed include: digital marketer, graphic designer, IT support, sales representative, project manager, IT administration, software developer, customer services rep, data analyst, financial analyst. With courses free of charge and available to everyone until March 2021, anyone can go to this link and learn a new trade.

The education portal is part of a global trend pushing towards remote education inclusion in mainstream education systems. Microsoft online courses are just a drop among thousands of hours of quality educational material offered by companies such as Udemy, Skillshare, The Great Courses Plus and many more.

Alongside these, Microsoft Learn is offering supplemental technical content to these Paths, and Microsoft is also making GitHub’s Learning Lab free to practice if you’re learning skills to become a software developer.

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New feature on Google Maps aids in the fight against Coronavirus

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New feature on Google Maps aids in the fight against Coronavirus

A new feature on Google Maps now allows for users to get around safely during the Coronavirus pandemic. More than 11 million people have contracted the virus worldwide, and almost 500,000 have died according to the Johns Hopkins University. Countries worldwide have adopted different restrictions depending on the severity of the outbreak, which has caused numerous travel complications.

Ramesh Nagarajan, Google Maps product management director commented. “As countries around the world adapt, we are committed to bringing users the most pertinent information right to their fingertips, so when you’re ready and able to, you can safely venture out.”

The new feature on Google Maps collects data from national and local governments and agencies and alerts users to pertinent information. It also sports other updates:

Restriction alerts

Google Maps users will now receive driving alerts that notify them of COVID-19 checkpoints while crossing national borders, also the varying restrictions across their routes.

Users will now see the alert on the directions screen if they are entering an area that is impacted by restrictions, like mask mandate or social distancing regulations. These alerts are currently available in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Testing alerts

If a user is headed towards a medical facility or a Coronavirus testing center, they will receive alerts that remind them of eligibility and facility guidelines. These alerts are available in the US, South Korea, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Public transit alerts

When using Google Maps to navigate public transportation in an area affected by Covid-19 restrictions, travelers will receive alerts from local transit agencies with reminders of regulations, like mask requirements or if government mandates are impacting transit services.

When users are using Google Maps to navigate public transportation in an area with COVID-19 restrictions, travelers will receive alerts from local transit agencies that remind them of the regulations. These alerts are rolling out in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Colombia, France, Mexico, India, Spain, Netherlands, Thailand, UK and the US.

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