The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) unveiled a robot over the weekend designed to help people make decisions about potential symptoms of new coronary pneumonia,media reported. The new coronavirus self-detector, called Clara, was developed by the CDC Foundation in collaboration with Microsoft’s Healthcare Bot service.
Although WHO has declared the new coronavirus to be a global pandemic, Clara is only available for use by people currently in the United States. As of March 22, there were more than 15,200 cases and 200 deaths in the U.S., according to the CDC.
Microsoft says its medical robots use AI to help the CDC answer more questions so that medical professionals can have more energy and time to care for patients in need of critical care.
Clara, however, is not intended for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes, but simply asks questions to understand the user’s symptoms and give advice on whether medical care is needed.