Robotics

Helpers you can rely on in a crisis

Dependable, robust and indestructible – service robots have been providing back-up to medical staff during the COVID-19 crisis. Unlike humans they don't catch the virus or get tired. This is a big help when it comes to containing the spread of the infection.

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Hildegard Kaulen
Published on May 11, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a real boom in service robots. There are currently four types in use. Protection robots screen areas off, take people's temperature and remind them to wear a mask. Delivery robots transport food, laboratory samples and medicines. Care robots look after infectious people who could easily spread the virus. And lastly, cleaning robots help disinfect rooms and surfaces and prevent infection.

Cleaning robot disinfects an aircraft using ultraviolet light.
Green disinfection robot in India.
A delivery robot in Manila, Philippines.
An Italian pharmacy uses a protective robot to take its customers' body temperature.
In China it is common that robots are identifying people, recognizing signs of infection and disinfecting surfaces
Service Robot helps the employees on the COVID-19 ward in an Italian clinic.
In India care robots support nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Hildegard Kaulen

Hildegard Kaulen, PhD, is a molecular biologist. Following positions at Rockefeller University in New York and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, she now works as a freelance science journalist for newspapers and scientific magazines.