Can AI help in the fight against COVID-19?

Ian A. Scott, Enrico Coiera

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is playing several roles in healthcare responses to COVID-19. AI has helped map pandemic spread, forecast effects of different public health strategies, and trace contacts of confirmed cases. AI can facilitate earlier diagnosis by helping design rapid virus detection assays and analyse medical imaging data from suspected cases. It may identify patients at risk of clinical deterioration and poor outcomes, and pinpoint existing drugs for repurposing to treat the disease, propose new compounds for development, and suggest immunogenic viral proteins as targets for vaccines. Further research will likely accelerate emergence of effective AI-mediated responses to COVID-19.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-441.e2
Number of pages5
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020


  • Computing methodologies
  • COVID-19
  • Infectious diseases
  • Models, statistical
  • Respiratory tract infections


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