Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence Technology for Novel Coronavirus Disease-19 Self-Testing

Diagnostics (Basel). 2020 Apr 1;10(4):198. doi: 10.3390/diagnostics10040198.


The novel coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) is rapidly spreading with a rising death toll and transmission rate reported in high income countries rather than in low income countries. The overburdened healthcare systems and poor disease surveillance systems in resource-limited settings may struggle to cope with this COVID-19 outbreak and this calls for a tailored strategic response for these settings. Here, we recommend a low cost blockchain and artificial intelligence-coupled self-testing and tracking systems for COVID-19 and other emerging infectious diseases. Prompt deployment and appropriate implementation of the proposed system have the potential to curb the transmissions of COVID-19 and the related mortalities, particularly in settings with poor access to laboratory infrastructure.

Keywords: artificial intelligence; blockchain; novel coronavirus disease-19; self-testing.

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