The coronavirus outbreak has been a nightmare for countries around the globe. The virus which exploded from China took over the world overnight, leaving thousands on the deathbed and millions to suffer. With no time to spare, the healthcare authorities rushed for optimum health solutions to combat the virus and resort on track. However, the virus spread like fire, and overtime, the hospital departments, and staff members became short on numbers to treat the increasing patients. Moreover, the rate of infection and its pattern of transmission will become a threat to the healthcare departments. Hence, this is where the role of doctors or supporting staff members started getting carried away by robots.
Robotics on a Roll
Robotics has been one of the most fascinated types of technology, which has marked its key presence and made an impetus in the healthcare sector. In this pandemic, a large number of hospitals across the globe are operating with the help of robots to aid the patients and also save time and lessen the work for healthcare staff. One of the key reasons for this is the safety measures, as the spread of the virus is contagious at a quick rate. With social distancing in the first place, the healthcare departments must refrain from coming in direct contact with the patient. This physical threat causes the doctors to use robot assistance, whilst managing and keeping a track of the services offered.
However, the question arises: are robots able to deliver the same aid as humans? Well, the answer to this is no surprise, they are fully capable of treating the patients just the same way as human/doctors could support according to the treatment. The robots have the potential of delivering proper medication and necessary food and evaluating the vital symptoms to deliver information to and fro between patients and doctors. As the nature of the virus is highly infectious, robots are an added benefit providing contact-free options to prevent the disease. However, the COVID-19 spreads not only through human contact but also via contaminated surfaces, and hence the robots are protected with robot-controlled non-contact ultraviolet (UV) surface disinfection for prevention from the harmful virus.
Making a Difference
The effects of the pandemic are experienced throughout; the simplest of chores of stepping out for grocery or buying essentials have now become a task in itself. One has to ensure minimum human contact with the respective workers and practice social distancing at the most. Hence, to safeguard the safety of customers, many supermarkets are operating with the help of robots. This way the human employees are free from focusing on disinfecting, sanitizing, and cleaning surfaces and also risk the spread of the virus. Robots provide a contact-less shopping experience, which at this given moment is an advantage as automation and its expertise is at its best. Additionally, the robots are also operating in various enclosed spaces, not just restricting it to the healthcare department. This technology is currently being used in several environments like offices, airports, production industries, and will also be seen in schools, shopping malls, restaurants shortly soon.
The Final Take
The outburst of the coronavirus disease has resulted in a global health crisis. Experiencing a standstill situation for a prolonged time, the world is now predominantly focusing on bringing its wheels back on track at its earliest. Robots have now become a part of the routine and with its easy orientation, many companies plan to bring automation into use for their long-term strategies, collaborations, and transformations. There has been an upscale in the demand for robots ever seen the spread of COVID is observed. The robotic workforce is an added benefit to the potent healthcare departments. In the future, if the government and multiple industries finally realized the importance of automation, then more robots will be available to work along with the healthcare professionals for upcoming years.