Public discussion about resuming the economy after COVID-19 has mostly revolved around the safety, efficacy, and availability of various vaccines. But in the longer term, other measures and new technologies will be the key to returning to normal and being prepared for future public health crises.
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“In March, when we saw a lot of temperature reading solutions coming out of China, we realized that we could use our software to pivot and create a more secure solution, and avoid some of the sensors coming out of China that are blacklisted in the trading market and avoids some of the data intrusion implications, says Mann.
22 Miles 'workplace workflow' begins in a building's lobby using face and temperature detection and includes brand integration and access control for employees and guests. For companies that use shared workspaces, the system tracks which spaces are used to facilitate decontamination between uses. To minimize physical contact while maximizing interactivity, system components can be activated with voice, gesture or mobile device.
In addition to facilitating the safe, hygienic use of these spaces, the system captures large amounts of data that can provide warnings about possible infections and inform modifications to the workflow.
Scrubbing the air
Santiago Mendoza, senior vice president of Integrated Viral Protection, spoke about his company's indoor air protection system, which has been shown to capture and destroy coronavirus at a rate of 99 plus. The system has shown similar results when tested with anthrax spores and other airborne pathogens.
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) are "super-spreaders" of coronavirus and other pathogens, Mendoza said, adding that most filter systems only capture and do not kill them.
"Our system heats up to almost 400 degrees Fahrenheit and destroys the pathogens," he said.
The IVP system is available for commercial and residential purposes and has been installed in hospitality centers, health facilities and schools across the United States, Mendoza said. It is available in several sizes, including a personal device for travelers to use in hotel rooms and other enclosed spaces.
Early warning in water
Jennings Heussner, business development manager for BioBot Analytics, a wastewater epidemiology company, explained how BioBot went from testing for opioids to tracking coronavirus.
"We analyze wastewater that enters sewage treatment plants for human health," Heussner said. The company originally focused on the opioid epidemic and helped communities better understand the nature of their local opioid problems in order to better inform their public health responses.
When the pandemic hit, BioBot expanded its focus and became the first company in the United States. to identify the presence of the virus in the wastewater.
BioBot analyzes the sample and reports it back within one working day of receipt, providing a fast, inexpensive and comprehensive early warning system.
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Such technology will be an important part of building a pandemic-ready and resilient society. Predicting and dealing with outbreaks early can help alleviate health-related problems and business outages and eliminate insurance claims.
Just as the insurance industry played an important role in improving vehicle safety, infrastructure, building codes and more, insurance companies and risk managers – working with policy makers, companies, homeowners and others – help determine which of these new solutions will survive .