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On the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak and the Smart City Network: Universal Data Sharing Standards Coupled with Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Benefit Urban Health Monitoring and Management

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The Port Louis Development Initiative (PLDI), Port Louis 11302, Mauritius
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School of Architecture & Built Environment, Deakin University, Geelong, VIC 3220, Australia
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Healthcare 2020, 8(1), 46; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8010046
Received: 31 January 2020 / Revised: 22 February 2020 / Accepted: 25 February 2020 / Published: 27 February 2020
As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) expands its impact from China, expanding its catchment into surrounding regions and other countries, increased national and international measures are being taken to contain the outbreak. The placing of entire cities in ‘lockdown’ directly affects urban economies on a multi-lateral level, including from social and economic standpoints. This is being emphasised as the outbreak gains ground in other countries, leading towards a global health emergency, and as global collaboration is sought in numerous quarters. However, while effective protocols in regard to the sharing of health data is emphasised, urban data, on the other hand, specifically relating to urban health and safe city concepts, is still viewed from a nationalist perspective as solely benefiting a nation’s economy and its economic and political influence. This perspective paper, written one month after detection and during the outbreak, surveys the virus outbreak from an urban standpoint and advances how smart city networks should work towards enhancing standardization protocols for increased data sharing in the event of outbreaks or disasters, leading to better global understanding and management of the same. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban health; smart cities; artificial intelligence; Coronavirus; pandemics; future cities; Internet of Things (IoT); COVID-19; 2019-nCoV urban health; smart cities; artificial intelligence; Coronavirus; pandemics; future cities; Internet of Things (IoT); COVID-19; 2019-nCoV
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Allam, Z.; Jones, D.S. On the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak and the Smart City Network: Universal Data Sharing Standards Coupled with Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Benefit Urban Health Monitoring and Management. Healthcare 2020, 8, 46.

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