Covid-19: an innovative method to monitor the evolution of the Pandemic

The overall number of calls to the 112 emergency number can indicate when the pandemic has started and can anticipate new waves?

The overall number of calls made to the emergency number 112, correlated to the calls made in regards to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, can indicate when the pandemic has started and anticipate new waves? A study is trying to answer these questions.

On the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information it has been published the paper “Mapping Spatiotemporal Diffusion of COVID-19 in Lombardy (Italy) on the Base of Emergency Medical Services Activities”, which has been developed within a Phd Scholarship in Biomedic Engineering financed by the Politecnico di Milano to the Engineer Lorenzo Gianquintieri, in collaboration with the team of Enrico Caiani, of the Department of Electronic, Informatics and Bioengineering and that of Professor Maria Brovelli of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  The Coronavirus epidemics has officially started in Italy on the 21st february 2020. However it is not known how many cases there were already in teh days and weeks prior to that date. The research group offers a rapresentation of the virus in those first phases, utilising georeferential data to the calls made to the emergency number for respiratory diseases and the subquential actions taken by the emergency teams. The purpose of the study is to identify the beginning of abnormal patterns to understand the diffusion the the virus on the territory of the Lombardia region.

FIND OUT THE RESEARCH ON COVID-19 DONE AT THE POLITECNICO DI MILANO IN THE SPECIAL NUMBER OF THE MAGAZINE

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