With thousands of members of the military having tested positive for the coronavirus, the Army wants to develop a wearable device that can detect the virus in someone's body before they can pass it to others.
According to Stars and Stripes, the Army posted a bid this week that's worth $25 million for the development of the device.
"There is a dire and urgent need for development of rapid, accurate wearable diagnostics to identify and isolate pre-symptomatic COVID-19 cases and track/prevent the spread of the virus," the proposal reads.
The stipulation is that the Army is looking for existing technology that can be adapted to detect the virus, not an entirely new piece of equipment. The device also needs to be "minimally invasive."
The posting says the device should be able to measure body temperature, difficulty breathing, COVID-19 antibodies, and other markers.
The military is so concerned about COVID-19 that it will not allow anyone who has tested positive for the disease to join any of the branches of service.
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