One of many solutions to help our front liners fight this pandemic is automating some of their tasks, that doesn’t need expert medical background to do it. One of those tasks is delivering things to the patient. Those goods could be foods, medicines, or family-givings to the patient. While it seems not-so-significant, it is actually one of the most frequent thing that our front liners do to the patient. It happens because not all of the patient are suffering chronically from the pandemic, and still doing some normal activities, but quarantined. According to WHO, only one of six person becomes seriously ill because of the disease, and 80% of people recovered without needing serious treatment. That’s why in developing countries, there exists quarantine facilities that are being built from hotels, or rarely-used big buildings.
The delivery, despite of being an not-so-significant looking task, the front liners still need Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suit to deliver goods to the patient. Meanwhile, in developing countries, those suits are rare commodities. Many medical personnel have to wear the PPE suit just in a single, short-term occasion of goods-delivering, and that would mean that they have to stock more of those suits, or in current cases, wash it more often, or in the extreme case, they would use the suits for all day and it will leave bruises on all of their face and body. Using the same suit for many times would decrease the durability, hence makes the front liners more vulnerable to the disease.
Robots are being deployed to hospitals and quarantine facilities in order to reduce contact between medical personnel and patients. Not only in developed countries, but also in developing countries. These are some of the examples.”