BMC looking for AI based test for Coronavirus

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There is an increase in the Coronavirus cases in Mumbai, Maharashtra on a daily basis and for this Mumbai municipality has decided to conduct a study for the effectiveness of the artificial intelligence (AI) in testing. The AI bases test will help detect the coronavirus infection within half a minute. This can be analysed with the “non-invasive voice sample analysis” which affirms us to detect the viral infection by the sound waves of patients.

The technology is now in the initial stage and the results have to be cross-checked before making it commercially available. For this Suresh Kakani, Additional Commissioner, of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said that they will undergo this test as well as also once this technology provides better results than this would be the best test which does not have any impact to patients because it is a non-invasive test.

Experts say by comparing with the other test they all have some or the other kinds of impact in our health whereas this non-invasive voice sample test is cheaper and also gives us the results within 30 seconds. They have a desire that if this technology proves to be successful then this test will be very useful for crowded places like airports, schools, colleges, malls, railway stations, theatres, and bus stands. .

BMC run Nair’s Hospital’s Dean Dr. Neelam Andrade said patients who are going for the AI-based test have to count from 50 to 70 numerals. “Voice biomarkers” will be used to detect COVID-19 infection, she said. As the patient develops symptoms of COVID-19, he or she might face a breathing issue which might affect the amount of air exhaled, thereby interacting with inflamed muscles on its journey which generated through voice or speech,” Dr. Andrade explained. She added that the patient tested positive will undergo a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) swab test to confirm the COVID-19 diagnosis.

Currently, BMC is conducting rapid antigen and RT-PCR tests to detect coronavirus infection among the people. Some of these tests are also been used in some of the hospitals for identifying the coronavirus within people and it costs around a range of Rs 500 to Rs 2,500. Mumbai itself Covid-19 case count stood around 1,23,382 and the death toll also rising and its now at 6,799 on August 9 as per state health department.

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