COUGH TO DIAGNOSE COVID-19
Scientists at a Swiss university are working on an app they call Coughvid. After listening to a person’s cough, the app will “use AI to determine whether they sound like a coronavirus patient.” The app is built on insight from doctors that patients with COVID-19 have a distinctive chirp-like cough. Once the app has diagnosed the cough, it will recommend whether the user should follow up with further treatment. Other researchers using similar AI techniques are collecting breathing and speech patterns as possible identifiers of COVID-19 carriers.
FIGHT LONELINESS WITH MTV
With so many self-isolating at home, recent research has found that mental wellness has plunged 37% since the pandemic began, and many are not seeking help as they believe “it will pass.” With an eye on helping younger generations who are struggling, MTV has partnered with the Ad Council to launch AloneTogether.com with a message: Stay Home, Stay Calm, Stay Connected, Stay Active. The site encourages friends to check in on friends and parents to check in on children; plus it offers mental health resources to help those in need.
FITBIT ASSISTS WITH COVID-19 TRACKING
Fitbit is partnering with The Scripps Research Institute and Stanford Medicine to see if data from wearables can help detect, track and contain viral outbreaks like COVID-19. The company is also developing algorithms that use wearable data for determining “how the coronavirus is impacting users’ sleep and activity levels.” Additionally, Fitbit has introduced two new features that will allow users to access information about indoor exercising and virtually connect with a doctor if needed.