Coronavirus company news summary – NHS Scotland contact tracing app launched – Carestream launches personal protection system for frontline workers

11 September 2020 (Last Updated September 11th, 2020 09:18)

KeyOptions has secured the rights to bring Virolens testing units to Australia, Latin America, South East Asia, Turkey and several other countries along with other partners. The Virolens Covid-19 screening test is based on a nano-cellular microscope that uses holographic imaging and artificial intelligence (AI) software technology. It makes use of a non-intrusive saliva swab test to find the presence of the Covid-19 virus within 20 seconds. The Virolens system is claimed to have 99.8% sensitivity and 96.7% specificity.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has urged smartphone users across Scotland to download NHS Scotland’s new contact tracing app to help contain the spread of Covid-19. This app is available for download for free through Apple and Google stores. The app, which is supported by a dedicated Protect Scotland website, serves as an additional tool to complement existing person-to-person contact tracing that remains the key aspect of NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect system.

Carestream Health has launched the CARESTREAM Shield, which is designed to protect a user’s eyes, nose and mouth from acutely expelled aerosols of bodily fluid. Carestream has applied its expertise in the development of digital medical imaging systems in developing its new face shield, which will help frontline healthcare workers protect themselves from risky exposure to fluids. It is designed to be used as supplemental protection along with a face mask, goggles and other PPE.

Recently-completed tests at the Colorado State University Biological Safety Level 3 (BSL-3) research laboratorys have found that the surface material of MediFiber's Virus Buster face mask can eliminate over 99.99% of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles within 30 minutes. No other face mask material has been able to demonstrate this capability so far. The research found that 99.57% of the virus was neutralised within 10 minutes as compared to the control material, which did not have the antiviral component.