BOSTON, Nov. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Since its emergence at the end of 2019, the SARS-CoV-2 virus has had an unprecedented impact on people and economies the world over. At IDTechEx, we cover emerging technologies and industry trends, and the COVID-19 pandemic has had a direct or indirect impact on all of them. In this article, we will describe some of the key roles that these technologies have played in 2020.
Cases of COVID-19 first emerged in China in the latter parts of 2019. China took significant early measures, locking down entire cities and regions to halt the spread of the virus. Thanks to scientists who rapidly sequenced and published the genetic code of the virus, efforts were made to develop diagnostic tests to detect the virus in order to correctly diagnose patients, enact measures such as isolation and quarantine, and manage their treatment accordingly. These early tests worked