The scientific developments around Covid-19 have been nothing short of remarkable over the last 12 months.

First, there were the tests, then the vaccine rollout.

Now scientists at the US Pentagon have gone a step further.

They’ve developed a high-tech implant that can be placed under the skin to detect Covid-19.

The super-secretive Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are the brains behind it.

Their creation includes a ‘sensor’ that can be placed under the skin into the body to detect the deadly virus.

Not only that, it also features a revolutionary ‘filter’ to remove Covid from the blood.

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Retired Colonel Matt Hepburn is an army infectious disease physician.

He has explained all about the new implant to CBS’ 60 Seconds.

Hepburn was originally recruited by DARPA eight years ago. At the time, he was instructed to ‘take pandemics off the table’.

Hepburn said: “That was the beauty of the DARPA model. We challenge the research community to come up with solutions that may sound like science fiction. And we’re very willing to take chances with high-risk investments that may not work. But if they do, we can completely transform the landscape.”

He also showed CBS ‘a few current projects’. As well as this implant, he revealed a tissue-like gel, which has been engineered to continuously test the blood.

He explained: “It’s a sensor. That tiny green thing in there, 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 interviewer asked if it was an ‘actual transmitter’.

Hepburn replied: “It’s like a ‘check engine’ light.”

“This means sailors would be able to get a signal if Covid-19 was detected in their blood, before self-administering a blood draw to test themselves on site.”

He added: “We can have that information in three to five minutes,”

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

Removing The Virus

As well as detecting COVID,  DARP has also created a revolutionary filter.

The new design can be hooked up to a dialysis machine to remove the virus.

Hepburn said it would enable you to put the filter on a dialysis machine so ‘pass someone’s blood through’.

Doing this ‘takes the virus out, and puts the blood back in’.

Covid-19 has infected more than 250,000 Defense Department personnel and their dependents around the world, according to CBS.

With the continuing pandemic, the Pentagon has made Covid their top priority in a bid to save lives.

Do you think it’s a good idea?

Would you get one of these implants if given the chance?

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