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why we need to consult engineers as well as scientists for solutions

why we need to consult engineers as well as scientists for solutions

The coronavirus outbreak has shone a bright light on the use of experts and scientific advice. In the UK the prime minister, Boris Johnson, is flanked by his chief scientist and chief medical officer when giving updates about his response to the outbreak – emphasising that it is driven by scientific advice. Similarly, the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has urged people to “trust in science” while Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, has referred to “consensus among experts”.

But the question I have is where are the engineers in this? Surely, before we shut down the entire society in response to the pandemic, we should check if there are engineering solutions that could help halt or slow the spread of the virus – from door handles that kill viruses to new ways of pressing lift buttons.

In the UK, the government normally consults the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) in

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Engineers develop robots to treat and test Covid-19 patients in a bid to protect health workers

Engineers develop robots to treat and test Covid-19 patients in a bid to protect health workers

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Engineers in China have developed a robot to treat and test Covid-19 patients while allowing healthcare workers to remain at a safe distance from the highly infectious virus.

The remote-controlled, wheeled machine can take mouth swabs, perform ultrasound scans and listen to organs with a robot stethoscope.

Medical staff can operate the robots from a safe distance using onboard cameras to monitor the patient.

High infection rates among health care workers have hampered efforts to tackle the outbreak, prompting the designers to see if a robot could provide protection.

Robot engineers have long promised their machines will eventually save human workers from dull, dangerous or dirty work. The coronavirus epidemic presents and opportunity to tests what robots may be able to do, some scientists believe.

“Doctors are all very brave,” the robot’s chief designer, Tsinghua University Professor Zheng Gangtie told Reuters. “But this

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