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Saudi Arabia Faces COVID-19 with Highest Technologies

Saudi Arabia Faces COVID-19 with Highest Technologies

Tuesday, 19 May, 2020 - 10:45
General view of deserted streets, during the 24 hours lockdown to counter the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia April 7, 2020. (Reuters)
Jeddah - Khaldoun Ghassan Said

Technologies greatly contribute to the rapid dissemination of health information among people.


Within this framework, the National Health Information Center in Saudi Arabia launched interactive platforms that provide important information about the COVID-19 virus.


The platforms include an interactive map in the Arabic language to monitor the numbers and cases of infections around the world, as well as providing a smart assistant to respond to inquiries in different languages.


CoronaMap.sa is a comprehensive interactive website that provides rich information about the virus, in addition to monitoring statistics around the world and offering instant updates, charts and illustrations, and latest news.


The site displays information on an interactive, easy-to-use map in both Arabic and English.


BashairBot is an artificial intelligence virtual assistant that responds to all inquiries and questions related to the virus in both Arabic and English, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


BashairBot can help in the initial diagnosis of the virus, provides data about the Kingdom and other countries, and links the user to an interactive platform to track the number of cases and statistics on the pandemic.


Interaction with the assistant in can be in both Arabic and English from the Coronamap site, by clicking on the robot icon on the side of the screen.


In parallel, the World Health Organization (WHO) is planning this month to launch an application that enables people in countries with limited resources to assess whether they are COVID-19-positive or not, while studying the possibility of adding a feature to track contacts based on Bluetooth.


Upon its launching, this application will be able to ask people about their symptoms, offer instructions on their possible infection with the virus, and provide information on how to take the test according to the user’s country.


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