CAPE TOWN – As we remain in lockdown due to the rapid outbreak of Covid-19, here’s a list of 5 technologies helping us fight it:
1.Infrared Thermometers: A thermometer able to provide relatively accurate temperatures with no contact and from a safe distance. Helping pick up early symptoms of Covid-19.
2. GeneXpert: A new testing kit that will be introduced to South Africa in the beginning of April. Rather than the molecular testing taking up 24-48 hours for the results, the GeneXpert provides results within 45 minutes.
3. Ventilators: As Covid-19 is a disease that attacks the respiratory system, ventilators plays a critical role by moving breathable oxygen into and out of the lungs of patients struggling or unable to breathe.
4. Air Purifiers: Although it cannot be proven to protect you from the coronavirus, Air purifiers are able to purify the air from many other viruses, making this just as important during the pandemic.
5. Supercomputers: Not just the computers we use to work from home, but Supercomputers, the size of two tennis courts with processing power beyond 50 000 ordinary computers, are being used to study Covid-19 and work on a vaccine.