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Pentagon reveals microchip under your skin that detects Covid before you show symptoms


PENTAGON scientists have revealed a microchip that senses Covid-19 before you start to display symptoms.

The device would be inserted under the skin in order to monitor your health – in turn detecting viruses and infections and stopping Covid in its tracks.

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The small chip would be inserted beneath the skin and would be used to monitor your health

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The small chip would be inserted beneath the skin and would be used to monitor your healthCredit: CBS 60 minutes

A team tasked with “making pandemics a thing of the past” created the device which can detect symptoms before you even feel them coming on.

The NHS states that the three most common coronavirus symptoms are a new persistent cough, a high temperature and a loss of taste and smell.

If you have any of these symptoms then you should get tested and isolate.

But data has also found that people can also suffer with symptoms such as headache and fatigue – with around a third of the population not displaying any symptoms.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the US revealed that the device could stop people unknowingly spreading the virus.

In an interview with CBS News’ 60 Minutes, one expert said that while the chip could be inserted beneath the skin it wouldn’t be able to track your every move.

Army infectious disease physician Matt Hepburn said the device is a tissue-like gel which once inserted, would continuously test your blood.

Matt Hepburn explained how the chip would be used to prevent further outbreaks of Covid-19

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Matt Hepburn explained how the chip would be used to prevent further outbreaks of Covid-19

He said: “You put it underneath your skin and what that tells you is that there are chemical reactions going on inside the body, and that signal means you are going to have symptoms tomorrow.”

The interview was conducted on the USS Theodore Roosevelt where last year 1,272 crew members tested positive for Covid-19.

Mr Hepburn explained how crew members would be able to use the device.

He said: “’It’s like a “check engine” light.

“Sailors would get the signal, then self-administer a blood draw and test themselves on site.

“We can have that information in three to five minutes.

“As you truncate that time, as you diagnose and treat, what you do is you stop the infection in its tracks.”

The device is thought to be the first of its kind and at present governments across the world are currently using vaccinations, lockdown restrictions and increased testing in order to get societies back up and running.

In England today non-essential shops have now reopened with pubs and restaurants also now being able to serve their customers outside.

Testing is now also available to all adults in the UK through a government scheme and so far over 32 million Brits have received their first dose of a Covid vaccine, with over seven million now having had a second.

 

Mr Hepburn also highlighted another device that is able to remove the virus from the blood once it is placed on a dialysis machine.

The treatment has so far been used on “patient 16”, a military spouse who had been taken into intensive care with septic shock and organ failure.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US has authorised the filter for emergency use and so far it has been used to treat 300 patients.

While this device has been authorised for emergency use, the chip is thought to be in late stages of production and the FDA has not yet released any guidance on the chip.

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