Coronavirus and AI: How is machine learning helping our fight against coronavirus


AI is at the forefront of our fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19). For example Chinese search giant, Baidu, released LinearFold algorithm which is significantly faster than the traditional RNA folding algorithms. These are particularly good at predicting a virus’s secondary RNA structure - an essential requirement when we are looking for a cure. This algorithm reduced the analysis time from 55 minutes to 27 seconds i.e. 120 times faster.

Another example is the use of an AI powered non-contact infrared sensor system that offers swift multi-person temperature monitoring in many airports and railway stations. Some of these systems can examine up to 200 people in one minute!!