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COVID-19: AI voice test allows detecting contagions | Digital Trends Spanish

A team of Spanish scientists has developed an investigation with artificial intelligence that allows detecting a contagion by COVID-19 by identifying the voice.

According to the researchers, like people suffering from acute coronary ailments, coronavirus patients suffer voice alterations that cannot be detected by the human ear, but can be detected by artificial intelligence (AI) using algorithms.

How did they find out?

This research had two phases: the first consisted of the analysis of the voices of the patients and those of those who have not had the disease.

The second stage corresponded to validation, in which the results were applied to the general population. According to the scientists, at this stage their study had a success rate close to 80 percent.

The objective of this method is to analyze in real time the slight variations in the speech apparatus that usually cause COVID-19 infection.

Although antigen tests or the PCR to detect contagions, the researchers believe that their detection method through AI can be decisive in finding acute and serious diseases, thus allowing rapid patient care.

The authors propose that, in the future, voice analysis can be incorporated during an emergency call from a person suffering from a medical condition.

“It will be one more part of the analysis of a call made by an emergency operator to decide the necessary response,” said cardiologist Domingo Pascual-Figal, in an EFE article.

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