How satellites support the shifting needs of data traffic and fight against COVID-19

During a pandemic, timely information is critical to help direct resources dynamically to the places that need them most at any given time. Medical expertise can be tapped remotely from the cities via tele-health applications for health assessments, diagnosis and advice. Satellites can help to quickly link up the rural hospitals/wards to provide urgent help remotely. Telemedicine via satellite communications is nothing new. Satellitebased telemedicine has been successfully used in countries such as Australia, Albania, Canada, India, Italy, Romania, Russia, and Scotland.

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