Robots Should Be Used to Fight Pandemics


Robots could play a major role in tackling epidemics and pandemics such as COVID-19, a group of experts have argued. Public health authorities and medical staff could use robotic technologies to help prevent, screen, and diagnose infectious diseases, according to an editorial published in the journal Science Robotics.

The experts say that robots have the potential to carry out some of the “dull, dirty, and dangerous” tasks involved in fighting an infectious disease pandemic, reducing the chances of human exposure to pathogens.