Spatial Information & its Vital Role in Monitoring Corona-virus

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(Spatial Coordinator, InformSpatial team)

It is no more a doubt that there has been yet uncontained health challenges all over the world. Ranging from terminal sicknesses to recurring health conditions, infection and many more.

Series of approaches have been applied to identify causes and hence solutions. While some have been successful, others still require fine tuning and improvements.

The world at large is being affected by a pandemic condition named Corona Virus (also known as COVID -19), which belongs to the same virus family as Severe acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). It has been recorded that although COVID-19 is less dangerous. It spreads faster than the other two viruses, as it reached 1000 cases in 48 hours against others which took two and half years, and four months respectively to hit 1000 cases. No wonder World Health Organization (WHO) had to declare COVID 19 pandemic. Symptoms from this virus can be mild in some people and severe in some cases.

There has been calls from different organizations, Government and institutions to device means to put an end to this outbreak. Hence professionals from diverse fields are putting in their efforts to bringing it to an end.

Leading global technological outfits such as Huawei & Alibaba have utilized the power of technology in some of the equipment they employed. Ranging from Drones for service delivery, Robots for disinfecting and smart city technologies such as Big Data Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT) and Geographic Information System (GIS). The ability to collect, store and analyze spatial information is important in controlling, monitoring and preventing the spread of the virus. These are being achieved through mapping, navigation, location – based services and remote sensing means.

Thematic maps have been produced which provide epidemic information through charts and visual maps with reference to changes in the situation in the area. Also, Beidu produced an Epidemic Map which shows suspected and confirmed corona virus cases in real time.

Management information System has also been created which incorporates Geoinformation Technologies and Internet of Things.

Artificial Intelligence and Big data have also been applied in the battle against the virus:

In the creation of an alarm system which triggers when a quarantine individual steps out of a quarantine zone, sensors such as infrared Cameras have been employed to measure the temperature of individuals as they go in and out of premises. Also Information Management System have been used to fight the epidemic by collecting big data and tracking the movement of people.

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and different spatial professionals in the country have also employed spatial data for visualization of cases and infrastructures put in place which indicates the spread, monitoring and curtailing the outspread of COVID 19 in the Country.

Without any further exposition, we will accept that spatial data is very paramount and serves as basis on which observations and decisions are made by stakeholders in varying sectors of the economy.

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