Coronavirus tests should be delivered to people's homes using drones to cut the spread of deadly infection, a study has suggested.
The proposal would see batch tests of tests carried from centralized testing facilities from the public, enabling authorities to determine who should be quarantined.
At the same time, the need to visit test facilities would minimize the risk of helping the spread of & # 39; s disease during the process.
Researchers from Sweden model the impact of drone-based test delivery on a COVID-19 outbreak in a medium-sized city.
They suggest that 36 drones that carry 100 tests each one every four days will allow anyone in such a city of population to visit 100,000 residents.
Even, even testing individuals every 30 days, they said, & # 39; would curb the curve a little flatter. & # 39;
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Coronavirus tests should be delivered to people's homes using drones to cut the spread of deadly infection, a study has suggested
The pro-active screening of & # 39; the general population for coronavirus infection – especially in & # 39; t case of asymptomatic cases – has significant potential to help limit COVID-10 spread, but implementing such would have its challenges.
& # 39; Mass testing can be seriously hampered by the fear of & # 39; & # 39; wrote a population for trying test facilities because of potentially high concentration of infection there, & # 39; Leonid Sedov wrote of & # 39; e Sweden Linköping University and colleagues in their paper.
& # 39; Fear is confirmed by health officials who & # 39; advise against visiting hospitals & # 39; unless required & # 39;, & # 39; she added.
& # 39; The good news is that COVID-19 testing does not necessarily have to be performed at a designated facility. & # 39;
& # 39; A possible solution is to use drones to spread tests to & # 39; population and to collect the tests, bring them to laboratories. & # 39;
& # 39; The test results could then be electronically returned to people, so those with positive tests quarantine themselves. & # 39;
In their study, the researchers combined a model of delivery of drone-based test kits with a standard susceptible-infected-recurring model of spread of infectious diseases, in which they & # 39; ve a fourth category & # 39; quarantine & # 39; added.
As a test case, the team exemplified a COVID-19 test processing lab that covered a particular area – specifically the city of Norrköping, which has a single hospital from which the drone fleet would be deployed
The team assumed that all citizens would need testing – with repeated tests to catch infections that didn't happen after each round of testing.
The team then modeled the optimal drone routes and the impact of an epidemic based on drones of various cargo capacities that fly 12 hours per day – around & # 39; e sleep not restricting people – at 37 miles per hour (60 km / h).
& # 39; We estimate that for a mid-sized city with approximately 100,000 residents (…) 36 Switzerland Matternet drones that do not follow 100 tests each will be enough to visit anyone every 4 days, & # 39; the researchers wrote.
However, she added that her model suggests regular mass tests of individuals, even only every 30 days – roughly equivalent to random tests of about 3.3 percent of & # 39; s population each day – & # 39; the curve would be flatter. & # 39;
The researcher's model suggests regular mass tests of individuals, even only every 30 days – which roughly amounts to random tests of about 3.3 percent of & # 39; a population every day – & # 39; would flatten the curve significantly & # 39; as shown in the pink above
The model then modeled the optimal drone routes and the impact of an epidemic based on drones of different cargo capacity that fly 12 hours per day – around & # 39; unmanageable sleep – at 37 miles per hour (60 km / h)
& # 39; Our work can help authorities quantify the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic and use them during future epidemics, & # 39; concluded the team.
& # 39; More in & # 39; In general, our methods can be applied to any type of mass supply and collection – for example, the drones can disperse immunity tests to release people from quarantine. & # 39;
However, the team notes that a major obstacle to implementing drone-based test delivery – or infection or potential immunity – is a general lack of regulation on drone flights.
& # 39; With proactive thinking, the authorities were able to design sets of regulations with varying levels of rigor, & # 39; proposed the team.
& # 39; In situations such as epidemics, could take longer regulatory power and take the drone operations to higher levels & # 39; a nominal course of events. & # 39;
& # 39; The shift can be justified not only by the extreme social value of using drones (…), but also by the fact that during the (even partial) quarantine, fewer people on & # 39; e streets, which reduces the ground risk of drone operations. & # 39;
A pre-print of the researchers' article, which is not yet peer-reviewed, can be read at the medRXiv repository.
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