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Coronavirus: remote technology spares Chinese clinicians

Virtual-reality technology backed by an ultrafast 5G mobile network (VR+5G) has complemented rigorous preventive measures in cutting the infection rate of medical staff on the front line of the COVID-19 epidemic at a university hospital in Zhejiang, China. This technology enables remote diagnosis and treatment monitoring of patients, thereby helping to reduce direct contact with medical staff (see

This VR system allows medical personnel to interact with a digital 3D representation of the patient’s environment through a computer-generated simulation in real time. Tracking data collected through such VR+5G applications could also provide valuable information for policymakers, for example on factors that influence the course, infectivity and severity of the illness.

VR+5G would also improve the monitoring and communication capability of people at home.

Nature 581, 30 (2020)



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