Detect covid-19 in building air filters
About the Project
Testing the entire population for a virus is infeasible in most countries. Testing the air filters in buildings is a way to divide and conquer the problem. For example, if covid-19 is found in the air filter of a retirement home, then all the people living there could be tested.
Metagenomic sequencing (mNGS) and qPCR have been shown to work on samples from air filters to identify viruses and bacteria. See links below. The equipment needed is relatively cheap (<100k), and the lab techniques needed can be learned in a few days. There appear to be no regulatory barriers because the testing is not done on human beings. The challenge remaining is to build a central operation that can run tests efficiently.
While it may be too late to get started to help with covid-19, this type of service will surely be valuable in preventing or managing future outbreaks.
"Respiratory viruses were detected in 27% of aerosol samples."
"Overall, 16 (33.3%) of the 48 specimens indicated evidence of at least 1 respiratory pathogen"
"Four (17%) of the 24 samples were positive for known respiratory pathogens "
"One air sample (1 of 18 samples, 5.5%) tested positive for influenza B virus. Of the 40 surface samples, 7 (17.5%) were positive for pathogens."
Ideation, research and investigation. Two owners of a large numbers of commercial buildings have signed up.
- better understand the state of the art from the scientific literature
- research any other equivalent services and their approaches
- set up a landing page to explain the service and sign up users and volunteers
- research any relevant regulations
- interview potential first users
- develop the actionability of the info
- Who is already working on this
- How to get in touch
- Number of volunteers needed
- Preferred Volunteer location
- Organization status