New Technology To Detect COVID-19 In The Air In Real-Time
Canadian company Kontrol Energy has launched BioCloud, a device to detect the presence of COVID-19 in the air. The wall unit has been independently tested and will be available for use in public areas.
When COVID-19 is detected in the air, BioCloud will trigger an alert system. The alert will notify facility managers of the presence of the pathogen so that it can be contained in a timely manner.
It detects COVID-19 by analyzing air quality in real time. The detection chamber in the device is replaceable and can be disposed of after coming into contact with COVID-19. BioCloud can also detect other viruses that cause SARS, MERS and foot-and-mouth disease.
Focus on public places
Kontrol Energy says BioCloud will help detect COVID-19 in schools, hospitals, long-term care facilities, planes, trains, and buses. Gary Saunders, vice president of Kontrol, added that the first work units for Canadian schools are expected in November.
The company is targeting a manufacturing rate of 20,000 units per month at a cost of $ 12,000 per unit. He says the device is ready at a time when a surge is projected in COVID-19 cases. Early detection and containment of the coronavirus can be very helpful in limiting its spread.
The tightening grip of the virus was felt last month when the first case of COVID-19 reinfection was reported in Hong Kong. In addition, a new strain detected in Malaysia was found to be more infectious.
CBC has reported that Kontrol isn’t planning a home appliance anytime soon. The company is also considering a breathalyzer to detect the virus, but this will require a longer development cycle. For now, BioCoud will remain focused on public places.
Kontrol claims that BioCloud has undergone a series of independent lab tests. They claim the device can accurately detect COVID-19 in the air.
Dr David Heinrichs, professor of microbiology and immunology at Western University, also tested the device. “There is no doubt in my mind that this technology can quickly and effectively detect a range of airborne pathogens, including the virus that causes COVID-19,” added Dr. Heinrichs.
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