Did Artificial Intelligence Help Us Fight COVID?

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At the beginning of the pandemic, there was a lot of excitement around the use of machine learning to fight COVID. But now that we're 18 months into it, did AI actually help?

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“Hundreds of AI Tools Have Been Built to Catch Covid. None of Them Helped.” n.d. MIT Technology Review. Accessed September 14, 2021. https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/07/30/1030329/machine-learning-ai-failed-covid-hospital-diagnosis-pandemic/.

Roberts, Michael, Derek Driggs, Matthew Thorpe, Julian Gilbey, Michael Yeung, Stephan Ursprung, Angelica I. Aviles-Rivero, et al. 2021. “Common Pitfalls and Recommendations for Using Machine Learning to Detect and Prognosticate for COVID-19 Using Chest Radiographs and CT Scans.” Nature Machine Intelligence 3 (3): 199–217. https://doi.org/10.1038/s42256-021-00307-0.

Wynants, Laure, Ben Van Calster, Gary S. Collins, Richard D. Riley, Georg Heinze, Ewoud Schuit, Marc M. J. Bonten, et al. 2020. “Prediction Models for Diagnosis and Prognosis of Covid-19: Systematic Review and Critical Appraisal.” BMJ 369 (April): m1328. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m1328.