Cough bots

Jackson, Mississippi, became one of the first cities in the U.S. to include a “cough bot” in its coronavirus screening platform this year. The app enables residents to send a recording of a cough so that a machine learning-powered tool can analyze it, potentially distinguishing it between that of a regular cold and COVID-19.

City officials said the tool will also eventually be able to distinguish between chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis and lung cancer.

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