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MIT researchers harness neural networks to detect COVID-19

MIT researchers harness neural networks to detect COVID-19

Researchers at MIT have created a tool using neural networks that can detect subtle changes in a person's cough and identify whether a person has been infected with COVID-19, even if they don't have any other symptoms.

In tests, the tool was able to recognize 98.5% of coughs from people with confirmed cases and 100% of coughs from asymptomatic people.

Asymptomatic carriers of the virus are less likely to get tested so they are hard to manage during a pandemic.

While the researchers warn that the method shouldn't be used as a substitute for getting properly tested for the virus, its use could help improve detection rates.

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