The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says it’s getting ready to offer $1 million to a California company that can use a computer-based software to prevent the deaths of humans from COVID.
“We are taking a serious look at the development of such a technology,” said Dr. Robert Wood, director of the National Institutes for Health (NINDS), in a statement to the AP.
“If this technology is not commercially available, we are going to work with the company to develop a way to do it safely and effectively.”
The company has built a tool that can detect COVID infections at a glance and then immediately send out a distress call for help.
It can identify people who may be susceptible to infection, but it does not have to.
In a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the company said it can use that technology to detect people who have recently traveled to areas where COVID was in the air.
But the technology could have wider application.
The National Center for Health Statistics found that the rate of COVI deaths among adults ages 40 to 64 was more than twice that of people younger than 40.
The CDC found that between 2013 and 2016, there were 595 deaths due to COVID from adults in the United States who were younger than 50.
And while a COVID vaccine is expected to be available for people ages 65 and older, the disease is still killing about 6.5 million people each year.
Wood said NINDS has been working with the software developer for more than a year.
The NIH said it has received about 1,000 requests for proposals for a COV-19 vaccine, but none has been received for this technology.