COVID-19 has been no less than an eye-opener for many. The world, although, knew the importance of technology, the true essence of hi-tech gadgets, and robots in general, was highlighted during this crisis. Today, a large number of hospitals and other health care centers across the globe are using robots to aid both the healthcare staff and the patients.
Robots have the potential for disinfecting purposes, delivering medications and essential goods, assisting in border controls, and other such jobs that require caution. As the pandemic escalates rapidly all over the world, the potential role and need for robots are becoming more evident.
Countries bringing robots into play
In China, the government has been progressively using Disinfection Robots, UVD, since the outbreak of the pandemic. Many hospitals ordered a massive number of robots from Denmark’s Blue Ocean Robotics. These robots played a vital role in controlling the virus in Wuhan, which was the epicenter of the virus.
In the USA, the patients of COVID-19 are isolated with just two beds per hundred people in the Providence Regional Medical Center in Washington. The robots have microphones, cameras, a stethoscope, and other sensors to help with treating patients in various hospitals.
Other than hospitals, robots are being utilized by the public works and safety departments to spray disinfectants. They are also tremendous for spreading awareness among the public about the virus and its prevention. Drones equipped with thermal imagery identify infected citizens.
An examined report of 120 press and social media articles suggested that more than 20 countries have been using robots during this pandemic. Ground and aerial robots are playing a significant role in all aspects of managing this crisis.
Addition to the workforce
Robots have proved to be a significant addition to the workforce. While every disaster has its devastating effects, the experience of using robots during COVID-19 presented a massively successful approach in this pandemic.
Why do we need robots during this crisis? While disasters happen, there are often a few tasks that are beyond the capacity of a human being. This moment is where technology comes into play. For example, robots have been used in hospitals, during sanitization processes to keep the health of professionals and workers in the public service department.
They have been a tremendous support to the existing hospital staff and other essential service providers in managing this pandemic. While we do have talented and expert professionals in the field, robots served to be an extra pair of hands. They are agile, faster, and better than human cleaners and are efficient enough to help in delivering essentials to hospitals or any other place where urgent service is needed.
The Scope of Robotics in Future
The extensive use of robots during COVID-19 pandemic marks that the healthcare system and other services require more such robots. The routine use of robots will not only make the task easier and beneficial for many but also make way for emergency workers and rescue teams to get used to technological help around them.
There is a silver lining indicating the acceleration in the adoption of robots into new niches. In these circumstances, after the world gets rid of the virus, economic acceleration and social restoration automatically become a priority. However, in the wake of this pandemic, pulling together government action, education, existing technology, and research community is the key to combating future epidemics.