The Military Has Not Escaped PPE Shortages
Again, like its civilian counterparts, the military has faced shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) including diagnostic tools. "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," noted a May UPI article discussing an RFP issued by the Army. The RFP was issued by the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium, which collaborates with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command.
Fortunately, that wearable diagnostic solution already exists: FeverGuard. FeverGuard is a small, wearable health aid that fits comfortably on the upper arm. It monitors an individual’s temperature continuously and uses machine learning to analyze the data.
FeverGuard can identify service members that may be developing a potential fever — an early COVID symptom — so they can be tested, isolated, and treated as soon as possible. The Armed Forces counts 1.3 million active duty service members and 800,000 thousand in the reserves. FeverGuard can protect the women and men who faithfully serve our country here and abroad.