Tag: Drones and the Coronavirus

How Drones Can Contribute to Fighting COVID-19

Drones are a tool that has been used in different places during the pandemic, including its use to detect possible cases of Covid-19. In the United States, drones have begun to be used for control tasks during the epidemic. It is not the first country to use these devices as weapons to fight the coronavirus. In China, they have already been used even to disinfect, while in places like Spain they have been used to warn people. In the end, it is about avoiding new possible cases of Covid-19.

Drones and the Coronavirus

The Westport Police Department in the state of Connecticut has tested the use of drones in light of the epidemic. One of the functions to which these aircraft would be dedicated would be the monitoring of the social distance between people. To fulfil their mission, they have specialized sensors and artificial vision systems. With them, they allow calculating if people keep their distance.

But this is only one of its functions. The other will be to detect possible cases of Covid-19. They will do this with the help of their sensors, capable of measuring body temperature, as well as heart rate and respiratory levels. In the same way, you can also identify people who sneeze or cough amid groups of people.

Drones do not need to approach to identify these symptoms. Its technology can detect possible cases of Covid-19 from almost 60 meters away. In reality, the use of these aircraft responds to a basic principle. It is about avoiding exposure to the virus, in this case by law enforcement.

The support of drones

Drones have been seen in support work in fires or in the rescue of people, and even taking medicines to isolated areas. And now they are used to support measures against the coronavirus.

They have warned the population about security measures, through loudspeakers. But drones have also been used in disinfection. This has happened in China, in the city of Shenzhen. There, a drone model prepared to spray the fields in agricultural tasks, sprayed the streets with disinfectant. To this work, other means have been added that avoid the exposure of the workers. Like autonomous vans, which have also been used in China.