A microchip under the skin that, once inserted, can tell whether the patient will develop symptoms of Covid-19. The invention, developed by Pentagon scientists, was unveiled Sunday night on “60 Minutes” on CBS.
Sensor under the Skin
Retired Col. Matt Hepburn, a former military physician who specializes in infectious diseases and led the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s (DARPA) response to the pandemic, demonstrated the technology on the show.
“It’s a sensor you put under your skin that tells us what chemical reactions are going on. It works like a check engine light, and that signal means you’re going to have symptoms tomorrow,” Hepburn explained.
Microchip under skin aims to stop spread of Coronavirus
The inspiration for the microchip under the skin came from the fight against the spread of coronavirus aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, where 1,271 crew members tested positive. “If the sailors had known they were positive, they would have been tested on the spot with a blood sample,” he stressed, explaining that with this technology, “we can get information about positivity within three to five minutes and nip the infection in the bud.”
But that’s not all. In addition to the microchip that detects the coronavirus, Hepburn said his team has also experimented with a filter that can remove the virus from the blood when placed on a dialysis machine.
“You run the blood through the filter, which removes the virus,” he explained. The filter was used to treat the wife of a Covid-positive soldier who was admitted to the intensive care unit with organ failure and septic shock. After a few days, the woman made a full recovery. The treatment has since been approved by the FDA for emergency use and has been used in nearly 300 patients.
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