As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, getting reliable and easy-to-understand information about the virus is essential. But it is difficult to know where to go and how to read this information. COVID project aims to solve these problems. It is a conversational A.I. that extracts data from the CDC, WHO and NIH and answers questions in fluent English.
A.I. tool comes from a company called Avaamo. Although Avaamo may not be a household name, you may have used one of its products. The company helps design and build conversational chatbots for hospitals, retail stores and other industries. When you browse a site with an Avaamo robot, it appears as a chat window and you can ask questions that it will answer.
Avaamo has adopted the same approach with the COVID project. It is a conversational chatbot that extracts information from the CDC, WHO, NIH and other sources. You can ask a question like “How many people have recovered from the coronavirus”, and it will retrieve the latest data and give you a short answer.
The tool is free, and Avaamo said governments and businesses can integrate it for free on websites. It is also suitable for mobiles and will work from most smartphone browsers.
We wouldn’t be careless if we didn’t point out that it wasn’t perfect, however. We started the chatbot by typing: “Is Covid-19 like the flu?” This led to an unnecessary response on monitoring coronaviruses. However, when we typed “Is coronavirus like the flu?” the answer she gave was accurate and useful.
And of course, a chatbot does not replace a doctor. You should not therefore rely solely on your medical advice. However, if you have tried to learn about COVID-19 and have found resources like the CDC hard to obtain, the COVID project could help.
You can access the chatbot on the COVID project website now.
Source: COVID project