South Korea Testing Robot to Fight Coronavirus

  • Coronavirus continues to have global impact.
  • Many US States are rolling back reopening to Phase 1.
  • The new robot can do the testing and minimize doctor exposure.

South Korean Engineers from the Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials have created a robot that can help fight the coronavirus. The robot allows a doctor to take an analysis from a patient without coming into contact with them. This technology can protect medical professionals against infection from dangerous diseases.

Founded in 1976, the Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM) is a government-funded research institute under the Ministry of Science, ICT (information communication technology) and Future Planning.

The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‑CoV‑2). As of July 7, more than 11.7 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in more than 188 countries and territories, resulting in more than 540,000 deaths.

The coronavirus continues to be a global pandemic, In the USA the number of cases continue to rise and a myriad of States had to roll back the reopening to Phase 1.  At present, there are over 11.7 million infected and over 540, 000 deaths around the world.

Furthermore, the COVID-19 global pandemic has clearly shown the risk that doctors who come into contact with carriers of dangerous infections.  To protect medical personnel, specialists from KIMM have developed a system that will allow the medic to literally stay away from the patient and still do their job.

According to the developers’ plan, the collection of analyses should take place as follows. The patient enters a room where there are no other people, but there is a robot. A person puts their face in a special frame that fixes the position of the chin and forehead, and keeps it still. Then, a robotic hand armed with a disposable swab can take a swab from the person’s nose and mouth.

In this case, the robot’s movements are controlled by a doctor who is in a separate room and monitors what is happening with a video camera. The robot also supports two-way audio communication between the doctor and the patient, so that they can exchange replicas.

A COVID-19 vaccine is a hypothetical vaccine against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19). Although no vaccine has completed clinical trials, there are multiple attempts in progress to develop such a vaccine.

The design allows the manipulator to move in any direction. The system also measures the pressure on the swab from the tissues of the nose or mouth. These sensors replace the operator’s sense of touch, making the process comfortable for the patient.

However, so far the new robot has not been tested on humans. The testing was instead conducted on specially-made dummies. Developers are not yet ready to say when such systems will go on sale.

The certification should be completed by the end of the year, and go on sale by next year. It is plausible a vaccine would be found by that time.

Many labs around the world have been working non-stop to find the vaccine. At this time, none of the vaccines have entered phase 3. This is the crucial phase for the compound to be called a vaccine, if success is reached at the final phase.

Robots and drones are the future in the health care. To note, Russian company Hoverserf started to produce drone ambulances. These can minimize the contact and spread of the virus.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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