Imagine a typical Tuesday morning. You park your car in the nearby Costco’s parking lot. The lot is full, with vehicles parked nose to nose. You wait in a long line, similar to what you would see at Disney on a typical weekend. When you finally get inside, you see rows upon rows of empty shelves. You maneuver your shopping cart around frenzied shoppers, only to find that Costco is out of face masks, nonperishable items, medications, hand sanitizers, and hand soaps. The reason for this newfound global love of hand sanitizers and masks? The fear and panic as the coronavirus (known as ‘2019-nCov’ or ‘Covid-19) spreads globally.
As of March 3rd, 2020, Covid-19 had taken the lives of 3,168, as well as bringing more than 92,880 documented cases of infected people across at least 79 countries, including the United States and United Kingdom. This makes the coronavirus’ total death toll more than that of its ‘cousin’ SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) virus in 2003 (774 total deaths) and ‘bird flu’ in 2013 (616 total deaths).Experts have warned us that face masks do not help stop the spread of Covid-19. However, what is helpful are advancements in artificial intelligence and genetic technology.
Artificial intelligence and genetic applied science are making it easier, faster, and cheaper to understand how the virus spreads, how to manage it, and how to contain its devastating effects.