Covid-19: BMC to Use AI-Based Voice Analysis Test to Detect Risk of Virus, Dr. Neelam Shares Details

The BMC will begin the pilot project of (AI)-based voice analysis test to determine the risk of the virus in a person’s body. Read on to know more about this new technique.

ZEE5 Web Desk

December 1, 2020

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The BMC, doctors, frontline workers, and everyone is grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic and is leaving no stone unturned in finding ways to curb the spread of the virus. It’s been 8 months since the lockdown was imposed in the country and the active cases in India today stands at 4,35,603. As per the latest inputs, Mumbai’s civic body, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), will start pilot project of Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based voice analysis test to determine the risk of COVID-19 in people. It was in August this year when the BMC had started the study with an Israeli company called Vocalis Healthcare. Read on to know more about it.

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After India began studies with the Isreal company, the research of the same was done at the NESCO centre in Mumbai, which was converted into quarantine centre for affected people. Dr Neelam Andrade, DEAN, Nair Dental College gave away some details about this new testing method. She said, “This test will take place through an app via your own mobile phone or an iPad after it is downloaded in the gadget. In this, a voice sample of the person will be taken. For this method, a person’s voice for a minimum of 10-seconds needs to be captured. As per our counts, we have also collected voice samples of people. Your normal voice can be in the following languages- Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, English. Not only this but the samples of people’s sound while coughing was also taken by the team. The moment you press the submit button on the app of your phone or iPad, the information is passed on to the computer in Isreal.” With this new method, the results of the voice analysis can indicate the presence of the virus in a person’s body in 30 seconds.

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Furthermore, if this screening tool indicates high risk, then the person has to take up the RT-PCR test. As per ANI, the daily recoveries exceeding new cases has ensured a total net reduction of the active caseload. A net decline of 11,349 cases has been recorded in the total active cases in the last 24 hours. More so, the recovery rate is 93.94%: Government of India.

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