The World Health Organization (WHO) informed of a flu-like outbreak in China on January 9, 2020. Various cases of pneumonia have been reported in Wuhan and most of them are from vendors who are exposed to living animals at the Huanan Seafood Market.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had also announced the outbreak on January 6. However, it was a Canadian health monitoring platform called BlueDot that outclassed both WHO and US CDC in notifying about the outbreak of the coronavirus to its customers.
BlueDot works on an AI-driven algorithm to search animal or plant disease networks, foreign-language news reports, and official statements to provide advance warnings to its clients about danger zones.
BlueDot’s founder and CEO, Kamran Khan, said that speed matters a lot during an outbreak and Chinese officials have failed to convey the exact information about the fatal situations earlier as well. Organizations like WHO and CDC also depend on the same officials for their health monitoring purposes so it would be better to rely on an AI.
Khan also said that the AI avoids using social media postings as it makes the work and conclusion very confusing. The AI collects global data of airline ticketing which shows where the infected residents are moving next. The data clearly depicted that the Coronavirus will spread from Wuhan to Bangkok, Taipei, Tokyo, and Seoul initially.
Khan who served as a hospital infectious disease specialist in Toronto at the time of the SARS epidemic in 2003 decided to create a technology that can track diseases in a better way. 44 people were killed in Toronto due to the SARS epidemic in 2003.
A few infectious disease specialists have said that the Coronavirus outbreak will not stop spreading as of now because travelers have been diagnosed with the symptoms of the infection. To restrict the virus from spreading, Chinese health officials are supposed to provide a clear picture of the outbreak.