New Scanner Allegedly Detects COVID-19 on People and Surfaces

The "COVID Hunter" may be the world's first non-contact portable viral detector.
Fabienne Lang
The COVID Hunter in useThe COVID Hunter/YouTube

A new portable device that's allegedly capable of detecting the coronavirus instantly in people and on surfaces is being developed by the American company Advanced Medical Solutions International (AMSI). 

Aptly named The COVID Hunter, the device scans surfaces without touching them in order to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2. 

If that wasn't enough to satisfy your needs, The COVID Hunter is apparently also updateable, so as to identify new variants of the coronavirus, something that's all too useful at the moment. 

AMSI explained that The COVID Hunter is able to locate the coronavirus inside humans, such as in their lungs, throat, nose, and skin — without having to touch them or invasively prod them. It can also detect the virus through glass or transparent material.

All that needs to be done is to point the scanner within two meters (six feet) of a person or object, and the job is done. 

How The COVID Hunter scanner works

The scanner looks very much like a regular temperature scanner, but it does much more. It emits a beam and gathers information that is analyzed in real-time thanks to refraction, ultimately detecting if the spike protein of the virus is present. 

If the scanner detects the spike protein it lets out an alarm sound, otherwise, it remains silent.

In tests, The COVID Hunter showed an over 99 percent accuracy rate, was able to differentiate between positive and negative patients and detected COVID-19 positive samples validated via a PCR test. 

"The handheld COVID Hunter will revolutionize the way SARS-CoV-2 (including mutated strains) is detected, slowing the spread of the deadly virus, saving lives, and returning life to ‘normal’ in the near future," explained Donald Redman, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of AMSI.

The goal of The COVID Hunter is to get life back to normal as quickly as possible by scanning people, hospitals, rooms, schools, venues, food and beverage outlets, hotels, and so much more. 

AMSI stated that once produced, the scanner would first be distributed to healthcare workers worldwide. And to speed up its production process, the scanner will be manufactured in various regions including Central America, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.

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