This may seem off-topic question but I am really wondering how CS folks could help in situations like coronavirus. What novel problems arise from such disease? From CS and ML/AI perspectives, is there anything that Computer Scientists could do to better combat the coronavirus?

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    $\begingroup$ I think this is actually off-topic as it is way too broad. But perhaps as a first idea, CS could help in modeling and forecasting, i.e., telling us where to focus efforts. $\endgroup$
    – Juho
    Mar 6, 2020 at 15:34
  • $\begingroup$ Wouldn't the virus' DNA present NP-complete string problems? If its always evolving it would be hard to beat. $\endgroup$
    – The T
    Mar 6, 2020 at 18:55
  • $\begingroup$ Molecular modeling! This is already being done by Folding at Home, and BOINC / Rosetta at Home projects. $\endgroup$
    – TrinitronX
    Apr 3, 2020 at 3:16

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During a recent Hackathon I witnessed, a team prepared a gadget like a smart watch. The goal is to check how many times does a person cough, to track fever and such. A really cheap piece which can be worn by everyone. The data that can be attained would yield geo-coordinates of the societies and getting affected and need attention. It can help prioritize areas of immediate concern.


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