The COVID-19 pandemic continues to march across the planet. According to official data, an average of 8 thousand cases of coronavirus infection are recorded in our country per day, and the first place in the world in terms of the number of infected, according to Johns Hopkins University, is still occupied by the United States with more than 30 million confirmed cases. The fight against the pandemic is also in full swing – mass vaccinations have been deployed in more than 140 countries around the world. However, according to experts, due to the unfair distribution of vaccines in developing countries, it is possible to expect a victory over the virus no earlier than 2023. But do not forget that another effective way to combat infectious (and not only) diseases is their early detection. Recently, scientists from the United States have developed a medical microchip that, when implanted under the skin, can detect SARS-CoV-2 in the body in a matter of minutes.
Microchip for detecting COVID-19
As with other infectious diseases, the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to detect the infection early. This means that in our time, we must be aware of any symptoms that may appear over time. But not everyone can recognize the symptoms when they appear. And, as we all know, failure to do so can lead to the transmission and spread of the virus.
But that could change with a new medical microchip developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a military laboratory unit operating under the US Department of Defense. Designed for subcutaneous implantation, microchip can detect COVID-19 in the bloodstream for a few minutes.
When implanted, the microchip will also be able to display chemical reactions in the body, which signals the “user” that symptoms of COVID-19 will appear the next day. Researchers at DARPA have worked for years on ways to prevent transmission of infections and fight pandemics, according to a published report.
Their job was shown in the show “60 Minutes” on the American television channel CBS on April 11. The microchip, which reportedly does not track movement, sits in a tissue-like gel and is designed to test the patient’s blood, “writes Britain’s The Independent.
Interestingly, the microchip itself is in a green tissue-like gel and, when implanted, can display chemical reactions in the body, which signals the “user” about the impending symptoms of the disease (which, as a rule, appear the next day).
Where and how to use the microchip?
In fact, medical microchips have been (and have been used) for quite some time. For example, back in 2004, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a radio frequency identification (RFID) device called VeriChip, which allowed doctors to view a patient’s medical records for quick and efficient evaluation. Over the years, many implantable microchips for various medical purposes, for example, for the delivery of various types of drugs.
FDA Approval VeriChip met tough opposition, but in the following years, many implantable microchips have been developed for various medical purposes, such as delivering various types of drugs (including birth control) and even microchips that help monitor heart health. And speaking of new developments, DARPA also recently invented a special filter that can be attached to a dialysis machine and literally remove COVID-19 from the blood of critically ill patients.
Once the chip sends you a “signal”, you can check yourself for COVID-19. “It’s like a check engine light,” the developers note, explaining that anyone using the new technology will immediately receive a kind of signal that prompts them to conduct a COVID-19 test on their own.
And, of course, it should be noted – before you start building any conspiracy theories, just know that these chips that detect COVID-19 will not be able to track movement or location. By the way, recently we talked in detail about why Bill Gates is not going to massively chip the population of the Earth and does not want to end up “killing all people”.
It is noteworthy that the new microchip may well be used by American sailors, especially after the incident associated with the outbreak of COVID-19 aboard the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, as a result of which 1,271 crew members tested positive.
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