COVID-19: Machine that can “sniff out” coronavirus particles in the air will be brought to justice in the northeast | News from the UK
A revolutionary new system that can detect COVID-19 particles in the air is being tested in the northeast.
The developers say it could help early on before the spread of. to warn COVID-19 or other viruses that allow a faster response to potential outbreaks.
Two units, about the size of an office printer, are now at Teesside International Airport and a primary school.
The machines suck in air and turn it into a liquid that can then be analyzed to identify pathogens in the air using DNA sequencing.
The devices run automatically and provide real-time results without the need for a scientist or engineer to be present or the samples to be sent to a laboratory.
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The company behind the system is Kromek from Sedgefield. It is a new application for their analyzers, originally designed to protect the US security market from terrorist threats by examining them for explosives or toxic gases.
Dr. Arnab Basu, CEO of Kromek, said, “Our system can extend the government’s testing and tracking system by allowing early identification of potential exposure to the virus while safely returning visitors to public spaces such as mass transit, retail stores and entertainment venues supported.
“We also believe that continuous monitoring with our system, which can test for a wide range of viruses and mutations of COVID-19, has significant potential to protect against future pandemic outbreaks.”
Teesside Mayor Ben Houchen says the system could have a huge impact on reopening the skies to travel and giving a much-needed boost to an industry decimated by the pandemic.