A new portable device that’s allegedly capable of detecting the coronavirus instantly in people and on surfaces is being developed by the American company Advanced Medical Solutions International (AMSI).
Aptly named The COVID Hunter, the device scans surfaces without touching them in order to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2.
If that wasn’t enough to satisfy your needs, The COVID Hunter is apparently also updateable, so as to identify new variants of the coronavirus, something that’s all too useful at the moment.
In tests, The COVID Hunter showed an over 99 percent accuracy rate, was able to differentiate between positive and negative patients and detected COVID-19 positive samples validated via a PCR test.
“The handheld COVID Hunter will revolutionize the way SARS-CoV-2 (including mutated strains) is detected, slowing the spread of the deadly virus, saving lives, and returning life to ‘normal’ in the near future,” explained Donald Redman, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of AMSI.
The United Arab Emirates’ Abu Dhabi Department of Health has approved the use of special facial scanners in public areas in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. The decision goes into effect today.
If the scanners spot a person as being potentially infected with COVID-19, the individual will not be permitted to enter the area and will be forced to take a PCR test within 24 hours to confirm or deny the scanner’s diagnosis.
The device works by utilizing a combination of radiofrequency (RF) and infrared (IR) electromagnetic waves. Signals emitted from a tested medium are analyzed to detect a characteristic relaxation time for the chemically-stable molecule. The device and methodology work non-invasively for remotely detecting a marker of COVID-19 disease in a subject sample.
The device comprises of a transmitter that is configured to transmit IR to RF energy into a sample, a receiving circuitry that is configured to detect RF energy emitted from the sample in response to stimulation of the sample IR and RF energy, a signal processing circuitry that is configured to analyze the RF energy detected by the receiving circuitry to determine a resonant frequency, and a computer processor that is configured to identify the presence of a virus in the sample based on the determined resonant frequency.