Tanzania Unveils Non-Invasive Technology To Detect COVID-19

The government of Tanzania has introduced a new scanning technology that can detect Covid 19 virus in the body, a step in the right direction to improve Covid-19 testing in the East African country.

The non-invasive Exponential Deep Examination (EDE) technology can detect the Covid-19 infection by measuring electromagnetic waves in the body that changes when the RNA particles of the virus are present in the person’s body. This technology can detect the virus in less than ten seconds.

How The EDE Technology Works

When installed within 2-5m radius, with the device 1m away from the individual being tested, the electromagnetic waves will show the result through machine learning analysis. Scientific data provided by the creators, International Holdings Company (IHC), based on 21.342 patients blindly tested, concluded a sensitivity 96.7% and specificity of 98.12% accuracy rates. Abu Dhabi validation in cooperation with SEHA and Union71 lab in 1,093 samples confirms similar accuracy with sensitivity of 93.5% and specificity of 83%, while testing in Uganda with nearly 20,000 participants, showed a 93% accuracy rate.

The new technology would facilitate air transit and revive tourism in a healthy space away from Covid19 in the country. It would also provide relief for travelers especially tourists who would visit Zanzibar. PCR testing would no longer be required for travelers who can now be scanned at the international airports.

Meanwhile authorities say the new technology already being used in Malls and airports in Abu Dhabi would be deployed to other African countries in coming weeks.

Patsy Nwogu

Reporting on data-driven featured stories and investigations.

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