Aritifical Intelligence can detect COVID-19 from the sound of your cough

Researchers from MIT recently developed an A.I. model which can distinguish between asymptomatic patients of COVID-19 and healthy individuals, MIT News reports. The algorithm for this A.I. relies on subtle differences between the way that healthy people and asymptomatic people cough.

Asymptomatic patients are often at a higher risk for spreading the virus since they do not exhibit any obvious signs of being sick. The algorithm developed has been shown to be 100 percent effective in detecting asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19. This new development could be a breakthrough for COVID-19 testing since it would be a convenient screening procedure for asymptomatic patients.

The team of researchers over at MIT developed the algorithm by listening to forced cough recordings. This A.I. model is already being tested in clinical trials and it is hoped that soon it will be approved by the FDA, which will help with the remote and non-invasive testing.

Developing the algorithm

The algorithm for this model is based on previous A.I. models developed by MIT for diagnosing Alzheimer’s. Back in April when the pandemic was gaining steam, the team decided to collect data by collecting as many cough recordings as they could. This was done by setting up a website where people could submit their recordings through phones or laptops. This was followed by the participants filling out a survey where they described their symptoms, whether they were COVID-19 positive and if they had been tested in a lab or had self-diagnosed. This resulted in over 70,000 recordings being collected out of which 2500 belonged to people confirmed to have the coronavirus (this included people who were asymptomatic).

Read Also: Joseph R. Biden and Kamala D. Harris elected to the White House

The aftermath

The paper detailing this A.I. model was published in IEEE Journal of Engineering in Medicine and Biology on 30th of September, and was authored by Brian Subirana, Jordi Laguarta and Ferran Hueto, of MIT’s Auto-ID Laboratory. After the model was developed, it was fed new cough recordings and it was able to correctly identify 98.5 percent of the people who had tested positive for coronavirus which included identifying 100% of people who had tested positive for the virus but were asymptomatic. “The effective implementation of this group diagnostic tool could diminish the spread of the pandemic if everyone uses it before going to a classroom, a factory, or a restaurant,” says co-author Brian Subirana.

Going forward

The research team is currently working on developing a free pre screening app based on their A.I. algorithm. They are also working on collecting more cough recordings in order to have more diverse data which will help the A.I. model diagnose people from different age groups and ethnic backgrounds.

Do you want to publish on Apple News, Google News, and more? Join our writing community, improve your writing skills, and be read by hundreds of thousands around the world!

More from Technology – News Landed

+ Zoom announces live captions feature in partnership with
+ Pakistan reverses TikTok Ban

+ Joseph R. Biden and Kamala D. Harris elected to the White House
+ Tinnitus goes worse due to COVID-19, a study says

Related Stories

Another variant of the COVID-19 virus emerge in Washington

The pandemic is still seeking attention all over the country. The vaccine produced is efficacious, but there is no...

The UK is Leaving Lockdown – hopefully for good

In a long-awaited press briefing on Monday 22nd February, PM Boris Johnson revealed the cabinet's strategy to leaving the...

Featured Stories

NASA’s Perseverance rover is set to touchdown on the Martian surface this Thursday

This February has been a good month for Mars exploration. We recently heard the news about the Emirates Mars...

Scientists want Pablo Escobar’s hippos to be killed and here’s why

We all know Pablo Escobar was one of the notorious criminals of all time. The man who lived in...

Taylor Swift announces the release of re-recorded album, ‘Fearless’; dropped a new version of ‘Love Story

On Thursday (January 11), Taylor Swift announced to the world that she would be dropping the re-recorded version of...

High altitude Arctic Lakes and their link to climate change

Most lakes around the world play a crucial role in affecting the greenhouse concentrations of the atmosphere. In extreme...

People unlikely to suffer from thrombocytopenia after receiving COVID-19 vaccine

The COVID-19 situation has brought the entire research communities all over the world to focus on developing vaccines. As...

Noise pollution has found its way to deep oceans – A research finds

When we think of pollution created by human activity, the things that come into our mind are atmospheric pollution...