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A new AI program can listen to you cough and discern whether you have the coronavirus.

by Nashwa Ahmed

Dubai- Artificial Intelligence Journalism

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found a way to identify these silent coronavirus carriers without a test, by an artificial-intelligence model that can distinguish between the coughs of people with the coronavirus and those who are healthy. It can even tell from voluntary, forced coughs whether people were healthy or were asymptomatic carriers, based on sound variations too subtle for the human ear to discern according to bbc

The report said that, the MIT model accurately detected 98.5% of people in the study who had coronavirus based on their coughs, including asymptomatic carriers. In fact, the program didn’t misdiagnose a single cough from an asymptomatic carrier. 

“We think this shows that the way you produce sound changes when you have COVID, even if you’re asymptomatic,” Brian Subirana, a research scientist and coauthor of the study, said in an MIT news release. 

He suggested that their AI could be incorporated into smart speakers and cell phones.

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