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A company is developing a kit to track COVID-19 without testing individuals

A company is developing a kit to track COVID-19 without testing individuals


A company is developing a kit to track COVID-19 without testing individuals

April 7, 2020

 

The new Coronavirus test in the United States is very unpleasant, while some states still report kit deficiency. To a large extent, due to the failure of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to distribute practical tests in a timely manner, it has been very difficult to track the prevalence of the disease based on individual tests.

An alternative method for tracking the spread of the new coronavirus has been developed by a company that tests human feces in sewage. This new method is based on the findings that live COVID-19 can be found in feces and transmit the virus through the sewage system.

Biobot is a company started by MIT researchers at Harvard University and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and is developing the process by sending a kit to the sewers where the samples are collected. They are then sent to Biobut for testing with the results sent to the sewer operator - and all at a suggested cost of only $ 120 per sample.

The company says its method provides a real-time map of COVID-19 without the need to test individuals. It can also indicate the presence of a virus when infected people have no symptoms. This information can lead to faster decisions, and sewer testing can track the effectiveness of interventions. Fortunately, if the virus returns, an early warning is issued.