NASA announced among its employees a competition of ideas on what management can do to fight the coronavirus, the organization’s website said in a statement.
“I look forward to what ideas we will receive and how they can contribute to an additional significant contribution in response to COVID-19,” the director of the department, Jim Bridenstine, is quoted in the document.
In particular, NASA intends to focus on three areas: personal protective equipment, ventilators, as well as tracking and predicting the spread of coronavirus and its consequences.
NASA’s leadership also welcomes other ideas, such as telemedicine technology, digital assistants for doctors, proximity sensors for diagnostics, and the application of knowledge about working in isolation for quarantined work at home.
Already, NASA is helping in the fight against coronavirus by providing its computing power to develop treatments and vaccines, as well as artificial intelligence capabilities, according to a press release.
The World Health Organization on March 11 announced an outbreak of a new coronavirus infection COVID-19 with a pandemic. According to the latest WHO data, more than 820 thousand cases of infection have been recorded in the world, more than 40 thousand people have died.