Coronavirus: From startups to supercomputers, how tech is trying to help tackle COVID-19

Coronavirus: From startups to supercomputers, how tech is trying to help tackle COVID-19
  • Governments around the world are turning to tech and hoping to find solutions to tackle the pandemic. And it looks like the industry might be the right one to ask.
  • Last week, Microsoft announced that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is using the company's Azure-run healthcare chatbot service to power a COVID-19 assessment bot that can quickly assess symptoms and suggest next steps, whether that means seeing a doctor or staying at home.
  • Amazon's AWS has committed $20 million to fund a diagnostic development unit, in an effort to develop a faster and more affordable test for the virus.
  • IBM has partnered with the White House to provide supercomputing power to researchers trying to understand and stop the spread of COVID-19.