DARPA developed a chip that is inserted into the skin and detects if a person has Covid-19, even before the person has symptoms
One of the problems to combat Covid-19, is that some people have symptoms very late. That is why a subcutaneous chip what detects if you have coronavirus in a few minutes.
Doctors from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, known as DARPA, created this device that can warn if a person has the virus, even before they can present symptoms.
The Pentagon medical investigators made it clear that they are not seeking to trace the movements of the wearer of the chip. Since they assured that their only intention is detect the coronavirus before an outbreak can occur.
The chip it is surgically implanted under the skin through a simple procedure. Once implanted, the device is responsible for filtering the blood and in this way detect if there are chemical changes that could advance a Covid-19 contagion.
“It is a sensor, it is housed under the skin and what it does is detect chemical reactions inside your body that tell us that tomorrow you are going to start having symptoms. We can have this information in minutes, which means that it is possible to stop the infection in its tracks before it gets worse “
If the equipment sees changes, it alerts the user so that a test can be performed that can confirm the diagnosis. Its creators stressed that the information can be had in minutes, which allows doctors to fight the virus in time.
Matt Hepburn, a contributor to DARPA, stressed that this could anticipate a pandemic.
“If we want a pandemic not to break out again, we will have to act faster this time”
At the moment the chip what detects Covid-19 it is not geared towards the general public. Rather, it will be used to prevent outbreaks such as the one that emerged in April 2020 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, which resulted in 1,271 infections among crew members.