APR 04, 2021 11:38 AM PDT

How Can AI Prevent Future Pandemics?

WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin

Researchers are looking into the versatility of artificial intelligence (AI) to prevent future pandemics. Scientists at the University of Gothenburg investigated the role of machine learning in hunting for effective testing methods during outbreaks and therefore, limiting these sudden infection rates.

What is machine learning? A type of AI and can be described as a math model where it trains computers to identify relationships and solve problems.

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"This can be a first step towards society gaining better control of future major outbreaks and reduce the need to shutdown society," says Laura Natali, a doctoral student in physics at the University of Gothenburg and the lead author of the published study.

The study involved developing a method to improve testing via prediction techniques.

"In the study, the outbreak can quickly be brought under control when the method is used, while random testing leads to uncontrolled spread of the outbreak with many more infected individuals. Under real world conditions, information can be added, such as demographic data, age and health-related conditions, which can improve the method's effectiveness even more. The same method can also be used to prevent reinfections in the population if immunity after the disease is only temporary."

Source: Science Daily

About the Author
  • Nouran is a scientist, educator, and life-long learner with a passion for making science more communicable. When not busy in the lab isolating blood macrophages, she enjoys writing on various STEM topics.
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