By Mfonobong Chelly
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the use of digital intelligent networks to perform tasks which require human intelligence. It is the use of data networks, systems and machine learning to perform cognitive and problem-solving functions. The application of AI in medicine is not unheard of. It has been used in medical robotics, diagnostics, image-guided surgery, gene sequencing, and analysis. But the Covid-19 pandemic has boosted innovation exploring the use of AI in flattening the curve.
Perhaps the most basic role AI plays is in the spread of information pertaining to the pandemic. Covid-19 advisory chat bots are used to provide basic information on the coronavirus and ways to curb its spread. This helps serves to reduce misinformation and the undue panic that comes with it. It reduces the traffic on healthcare phone lines such that people with more urgent enquiries can get the help they need. Also, apps and virtual assistants have been fitted to track symptoms and provide useful information examples include Apple health check app, Siri give me guidance, and the Alexa daily check which provide virtual Covid-19 screening based on questionnaires.