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29 Aug, 2020 01:49

This Russian device can detect Covid-19 and other dangerous pathogens IN THE AIR (VIDEO)

This Russian device can detect Covid-19 and other dangerous pathogens IN THE AIR (VIDEO)

Russia has unveiled a device said to be capable of detecting and analyzing airborne pathogens like bacteria, toxins and viruses – including Covid-19. It alerts of potential danger within seconds, and then pinpoints its source.

Dubbed “Detector Bio,” the device was showcased by the KMZ factory – best known as the manufacturer of Zenit cameras – during the military-industrial forum ‘Army 2020’ near Moscow on Friday. Its developer team includes the Gamaleya Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow – the same institute that has produced the world's first registered Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V.

Detector Bio is no pocket gadget, and looks somewhat like a refrigerator, owing its size to a ‘layer cake’ design which effectively contains a series of small laboratories, each performing its own tests.

The stack of mini-labs allows the device to detect coronavirus, or any other airborne danger floating by, running two cycles of analysis to deliver a clear result, according to its creators.

During the first phase it gathers samples of the surrounding air, and in ten to fifteen seconds can alert to any traces of a virus, bacteria or a toxin. At this stage in the process, it cannot yet name the specific pathogen detected. The device then runs a second, more detailed analysis of the air samples to determine what substance or microbe is present, which could take between one and two hours.

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Detector Bio is by no means the first device in the world claimed to accurately detect Covid-19, however after five years in the making, its developers have deemed its design a “crown jewel.” It is said to be primarily aimed at public spaces, including the metro, railway stations and airports.

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