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Impact of commercial drones during the COVID-19 pandemic


In many respects, the year 2020 will be a watershed moment for commercial drones. Over the years, the market has grown slowly and steadily. Every other sector and business function in the world has been altered by COVID-19, and the commercial drone industry is no exception. Even though the full impact of COVID-19 is unknown, some effects of the global economic slowdown are beginning to be recognized. Needless to say, significant changes in the drone business are on the horizon, and market participants will be affected in the next years.

  • Search & rescue mission

Initially, commercial drones were utilized for search and rescue missions in various countries. Furthermore, some countries employed them to cross deserts and densely populated areas. Drones' ability to view and communicate with complex locations raised a demand for them to monitor dense and urban areas during the early phases of the COVID-19 outbreak when panic was taking hold. Officers could simply assess an area with drone technology and transmit required instructions if the region is infested while maintaining their safety.

  • Delivery of essentials

Local governments have encouraged individuals to keep a safe distance and restrict their exposure to the virus since the epidemic was declared. This had a significant impact on the food and package distribution networks, as it may be a source of infection. Although drone package delivery is not widely employed, a few studies in the United States and the Dominican Republic have shown to be successful. Commercial drone use is encouraging since most commercial drones can be equipped with a payload drop mechanism and utilized to carry packages without putting both parties at risk. Drone-delivered packages are especially critical in locations where the virus is present, such as hospitals that are actively treating the infection.


Disinfection of public areas
Commercial drones are good for disinfecting a region. Officials have announced that the virus can survive on hard surfaces such as chairs and buses, despite the fact that additional information about the infection is being uncovered. As a result, public spaces provide a significant danger of infection. Some countries have used agriculture spraying drones laden with disinfectant instead of pesticides to prevent further spread and disinfect public spaces. Aside from that, China as a whole has deployed commercial drones to undertake simple temperature checks before allowing guests into a building. Because fever is a common indication of the virus, commercial drones might be used to locate potential patients without jeopardizing anyone's safety.

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