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Old 04-02-2020, 11:56 PM   #14641
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Gamechanger.

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A new rapid diagnostic test for COVID-19, developed by a University of Cambridge spinout company and capable of diagnosing the infection in under 90 minutes, is being deployed at Cambridge hospitals, ahead of being launched in hospitals nationwide.

The SAMBA II machines, developed by Diagnostics for the Real World, provide a simple and accurate system for the diagnosis of infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19. They will be used by healthcare workers at point-of-care in order to rapidly diagnose patients, directing those who test positive for the infection to dedicated wards. They can also help identify which healthcare workers are infected, enabling those who test negative to return to the front line.

The machines will be made available to a number of hospitals across the country thanks to a US$3million (about £2.4 million) donation from the businessman and philanthropist Sir Chris Hohn, which will enable the purchase of 100 machines. The donation has enabled Addenbrooke’s Hospital, part of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, to obtain the first 10 SAMBA II machines this week for use in wards where suspected COVID-19 patients are brought in. The donation will be matched by the purchase of 10 additional machines by the Cambridge Trust.

SAMBA II looks for tiny traces of genetic material belonging to the virus, amplifies it billions of times chemically and is therefore extremely sensitive in the detection of active infections. Dr Helen Lee, CEO of Diagnostics for the Real World said: “Our goal has always been to make cutting-edge technology so simple and robust that the SAMBA machine can be placed literally anywhere and operated by anyone with minimum training.”

Patients will provide a nasal and throat swab. Once these have been loaded into the SAMBA machine, the remainder of the process is fully automated. At the moment, tests are sent for analysis in centralised laboratories and this, compounded by the sheer number of samples that are having to be analysed, means that diagnosis can take one to two days. SAMBA II is able to deliver results while the patient waits, helping healthcare workers ensure that those infected can be quickly directed to specialised wards. Whereas current tests can take over 24 hours or longer to deliver their results, SAMBA is able to deliver a diagnosis in less than 90 minutes.

The tests have been validated by Public Health England, Cambridge, in 102 patient samples and shown to have 98.7% sensitivity (ability to correctly identify positive cases) and 100% specificity (the ability to correctly identify negative cases) compared to the currently used NHS/Public Health England test. This has enabled the team to obtain a CE mark.

Dr Martin Curran who conducted the evaluation said: “I am extremely happy with the performance of the SAMBA test because it matched the routine centralised laboratory results.”
https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/...d-in-hospitals
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Old 04-03-2020, 12:22 AM   #14642
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Man, I came up with a similar concept like ten days ago. I'm so tired of that damn Chinese government constantly stealing my ideas!

In all seriousness though, it seems like we're heading in a direction like this too. Immunologists, Bill Gates, and the German government are talking about similar concepts in order to have economies restart safely.

Inside China's Smartphone 'Health Code' System Ruling Post-Coronavirus Life

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Old 04-03-2020, 01:37 AM   #14643
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Is the machine able to run multiple tests at once? Because if not, it doesn't sound like a gamechanger at all
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The Pentagon warned the administration in 2017 that this exact thing would happen. I imagine if you don't listen to your military, the WHO would not stand much of a chance.
Unfortunately after thousands of lives lost this will be weaponized during the election, but I hope it's enough ammo.
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Old 04-03-2020, 03:29 AM   #14645
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Cascading effects. Yes, this is a scary problem. As I have said before, governments must provide guidance on how workers can do this safely.
We have a large number of unemployed. We likely donít need migrant workers to pick crops. Like other essential services we will need to have it done safely but unlikely to require large scale migrations.

Vegetable prices will be going up though especially anything from California.
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Old 04-03-2020, 04:53 AM   #14646
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Scary article including coronavirus from 1998

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"coronavirus seems to have broken all the rules,”
It's amazing how intelligent viruses are but remember this was 22 years ago.
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Old 04-03-2020, 05:43 AM   #14647
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The NBA doesn't have to deal with ice quality.

I donít know about that.

Any ice at all could be disastrous regardless of quality.
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We have a large number of unemployed. We likely donít need migrant workers to pick crops. Like other essential services we will need to have it done safely but unlikely to require large scale migrations.

Vegetable prices will be going up though especially anything from California.
How many of those people will be willing to do that job though? Presumably you have to travel to the location away from your city. For example a family with needs needing childcare, youíre most likely losing money doing something like that.
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I like all the WHO deflections. Like their brains can't handle it so they deflect to blaming the message rather than the response.
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Old 04-03-2020, 06:49 AM   #14651
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I like all the WHO deflections. Like their brains can't handle it so they deflect to blaming the message rather than the response.
Who are you talking about?
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Old 04-03-2020, 07:15 AM   #14652
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How many of those people will be willing to do that job though? Presumably you have to travel to the location away from your city. For example a family with needs needing childcare, youíre most likely losing money doing something like that.
Do they want government benefits or not?

If the government is paying checks for Coronavirus related shutdowns should you have a choice if you want to receive subsidies?
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Do they want government benefits or not?

If the government is paying checks for Coronavirus related shutdowns should you have a choice if you want to receive subsidies?
Correct me if Iím wrong but there are no stipulations on this currently. I highly doubt they add this stipulation unless we are extremely desperate.
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Old 04-03-2020, 07:40 AM   #14654
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Correct me if Iím wrong but there are no stipulations on this currently. I highly doubt they add this stipulation unless we are extremely desperate.
Itís being administered through EI so as this extends it would be reasonable to add the requirement to look for and accept non-equivalent work.

If this is going to be on and off for two years until a vaccine is deployed we need to restructure. 25-50 billion a month isnít going to be available in subsidy on an ongoing basis
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Itís being administered through EI so as this extends it would be reasonable to add the requirement to look for and accept non-equivalent work.

If this is going to be on and off for two years until a vaccine is deployed we need to restructure. 25-50 billion a month isnít going to be available in subsidy on an ongoing basis
If you want to over simplify it.

We donít know what this will look like yet long term, and telling everyone to accept non-equivalent work may not be feasible.
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I'm probably overstating it. I'm a link. That's all. I get people in government and business on the same page. We have been very busy during this crisis.

I'm far nicer and more convincing in real life. CP is like my Darth Vader side.
being very busy during a crisis would mean not having time to post here as much as you do
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being very busy during a crisis would mean not having time to post here as much as you do
Oh FFS can we not complain about what individuals do with their time. It’s meaningless.

On another note, Ontario doctors briefing at noon (centre of the universe time) today about current projections. Should be very interesting.
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Unfortunately after thousands of lives lost this will be weaponized during the election, but I hope it's enough ammo.
It *should* be weaponized. The deaths of thousands of people should be laid at the feet of Trump and the other Republican senators who's only response to being informed of this was to dump their stock.

By the same token, Trudeau's response - after the initial dragging of feet that every government went through - will have bought him a fair bit of leeway.
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The US has done around 1 million tests as of a couple days ago. That puts them around 3.3 per k - a pretty dismal number still.

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