There has been a deadly outbreak called the “Wuhan Coronavirus” that originated in Wuhan China. It has been spreading through a number of cities and other countries in Asia. Most of China is on lockdown. The virus can “mutate easily and can jump from animals to humans,” which is what makes it such a fast spreading disease—it’s so fast that since the beginning of the outbreak in December, two cases of the virus have already been found in the U.S, and three cases have been identified in Europe within the last three hours.
What does this have to do with technology? Specifically speaking, it has to do with IoT. In a previous article we brought up what exactly IoT is, and its benefits. When it comes to deadly outbreaks, IoT is the reason we know about outbreaks over seas so we can prepare and control the spreading. The Wuhan virus moves rapidly, but thanks to IoT we can track, monitor, and prevent further spreading, a huge advantage especially for this virus which has no vaccine.
The biggest and best thing that IoT does in these situations is tracking the disease. As mentioned above, the Wuhan virus is already making its way across Asia and has entered the United States as well as Europe—this is vital information that is only possible through IoT. Why is it important? Is that a real question? We know that the virus is spreading through Asia, if you were planning a trip there anytime soon, you’d probably change your flight arrangements. Not that China is letting anyone in or out of China anyway, it’s nice to know before getting to the airport.
A total of 41 people have been confirmed dead due to the virus, including the most recent 15 deaths that occurred in a single day. We only have this information because of IoT. Though it’s sad to hear, it’s necessary for a number of reasons other than “travel plans.” Stay connected, informed, and safe in real time with IoT.
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Samara Shaw does We Are More's PR & Marketing which includes writing our blogs! She was born and raised in Hawaii and writes content to help our audience have a better insight on technical solutions big and small.