As of 19th March 2020, total 219,244 people are affected by the COVID- 19 virus among which 8968 people are already dead, and around 85,745 have recovered. From January.2020 to March 2020 it has spread rapidly, from one single case to now 219,244.
But how can the Internet of Things (IoT) help in fighting the situation? As we know, IoT is a network of connected devices which communicate through the interconnected system via advanced data analytics. All the information collected by the interconnected devices is stored in the cloud for future research.
With the help of these interconnected devices, we can build an early warning system to harness the spread of the pandemic COVID – 19. The system can slow down cross-infection by alerting people about healthy practices.
The origin of COVID -19 is in China, which is now dealing around 7,263 active cases, but they have controlled further spread of the disease by making the residents keeping at their homes. Social distance needs to be maintained in order to avoid cross-infection. However, air pollution can worsen the situation at any time, whereas clear air promotes public health. During COVID – 19 spread indoor air pollution has been spotted as the top five risks for public health. We should remove volatile indoor contaminants to stop cross-infection of COVID – 19.
Households can leverage the power of IoT to harness the internal air quality, which could help prevent the disease further. But what about outdoor pollution? According to the Environmental Pollution Agency (EPA) in metropolitan cities, indoor air quality is sometimes worse than outdoor air quality. It is a very issue as during quarantine people are supposed to spend 90% time at their home. So, we must ensure a healthy indoor air quality to successfully get out of the struggling situation.
The internationally recognised green building certification system, Leadership In Energy and Environment Design (LEED) aimed to strengthen the indoor air quality by managing few standards like-
EPA further added poor indoor air quality allows biological contaminants like moulds, bacteria and viruses stimulate to contaminate. Chemical volatile organic compounds like formaldehyde also cause so many health problems, especially in elders and toddlers.
In order to ensure a healthy internal environment, householders and business owner must install indoor quality management program that will control contaminants and create provision for adequate ventilation. The connected IoT devices will monitor the good air quality and send alert to the end-user if found some unhealthy particles. It also ensures the incoming of adequate fresh air to the indoor places. Quality detection can be possible with the IoT embedded sensors. Moreover, these devices also provide actionable data so that users can take the necessary measurement. The detection system can help in detect and remediate the presence of hazardous particles.
With the help of telemedicine technologies, wearable sensors can seamlessly monitor the health conditions of affected persons. This data can also help the medical personnel to treat the patient. The patients also take help from the device to get proper medicine and check-up. At this COVID-19 pandemic situation, corona detection devices can help detecting the affected persons so that the cross-infection can be harnessed.
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