Using big data for pandemic planning

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"We didn’t necessarily know it would be of this size. But what we did know is that it had the ingredients."

Kamran Khan, Researcher and BlueDot Founder

Using big data for pandemic planning

At the beginning of January, before the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization rang the alarm about COVID-19, a Toronto-based machine-learning start-up was the first to warn the world about a potentially dangerous new illness.

BlueDot, founded by University of Toronto researcher, Kamran Khan, used its artificial intelligence software to spot the novel coronavirus and is now helping guide the Canadian government’s COVID-19 response.

The company is producing metrics that allow the government to understand where social distancing has been effective, if people are following public health advice and where to deploy valuable resources.

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