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In Journal of biomedical informatics ; h5-index 55.0

Scientific evidence shows that acoustic analysis could be an indicator for diagnosing COVID-19. From analyzing recorded breath sounds on smartphones, it is discovered that patients with COVID-19 have different patterns in both the time domain and frequency domain. These patterns are used in this paper to diagnose the infection of COVID-19. Statistics of the sound signals, analysis in the frequency domain, and Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCCs) are then calculated and applied in two classifiers, k-Nearest Neighbors (kNN) and Convolutional Neural Network (CNN), to diagnose whether a user is contracted with COVID-19 or not. Test results show that, amazingly, an accuracy of over 97% could be achieved with a CNN classifier and more than 85% on kNN with optimized features. Optimization methods for selecting the best features and using various metrics to evaluate the performance are also demonstrated in this paper. Owing to the high accuracy of the CNN model, the CNN model was implemented in an Android app to diagnose COVID-19 with a probability to indicate the confidence level. The initial medical test shows a similar test result between the method proposed in this paper and the lateral flow method, which indicates that the proposed method is feasible and effective. Because of the use of breath sound and tested on the smartphone, this method could be used by everybody regardless of the availability of other medical resources, which could be a powerful tool for society to diagnose COVID-19.

Chen Zhiang, Li Muyun, Wang Ruoyu, Sun Wenzhuo, Liu Jiayi, Li Haiyang, Wang Tianxin, Lian Yuan, Zhang Jiaqian, Wang Xinheng


Acoustic analysis, Breath sound, COVID-19, Convolutional Neural Network (CNN), k-Nearest Neighbors (kNN)