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Why do they use robots in the health industry?

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Neil Martin

Neil Martin

Before the onset of Covid-19, robots were already gaining a foothold in the health industry, but the vicious nature of the pandemic has shown even to sceptical minds that robots have a very real role to play.

Primarily, they are seen as an efficient way of helping medical personnel with routine tasks who then have more time for urgent responsibilities. So nurses, doctors, consultants and surgeons can all benefit from better time utilisation. Robots can also be given both simple and complicated medical procedures to perform, which again frees up time, but also helps to reduce costs.  

But recently, their true worth has been shown during the pandemic. 

One example is XPlanet drones and R80 robots which authorities are testing to see if they can be deployed by XAG to disinfect affected areas. This, say the authorities, helps provide solutions for improving public hygiene and reducing the risk of virus transmission via contaminated surface contact.

According to XCloud, a total of 370 professional teams with over 2,600 XAG agricultural drones have voluntarily joined the disinfection operation, covering an area of 902 million square metres in China's 20 provinces.

What’s more, drones and robots are replacing hand sprayers to release disinfectant in public places. Infected zones, densely populated areas, epidemic prevention vehicles and waste collection points are the main targets that require site-specific disinfection to kill the virus.

Just one example of how robots are transforming the industry. 

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