This Tech Could Have Saved Trump... and Thousands of Others
Late last week President Trump announced that he'd contracted COVID-19, joining 7 million Americans who have also been stricken with the infectious airborne disease.
He was hurried to Walter Reed Medical Center via helicopter, where he was treated by a platoon of physicians and a plethora of pharmaceuticals.
He was given Dexamethasone (a steroid that calms the immune system to ease breathing), Remdesivir (a drug developed to treat Ebola that inhibits virus replication), and monoclonal antibodies (made by Regeneron) that are still in trial.
Trump called these medications a "cure," but that they are not. These are treatments, or therapies, that can help suppress the virus as the body works to fight it off.
There's no guarantee the treatment will succeed at expunging the virus.
Even now, President Trump remains at risk. His own doctor has said he's "not out of the woods yet." And other physicians have expressed alarm that he was allowed to leave the hospital at all.
“We know this infection can be very stealthy and kind of fake you out, because you can do well for several days and then suddenly crash,” Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine told CNBC.
And "stealth" is indeed the operative word there.
The most fearsome aspect of COVID has been its ability to effectively sneak from one person to another.
That the President of the United States got it is testament to that very fact. After all, POTUS was supposedly safeguarded by layers of security. Everyone in his orbit was routinely tested.
But it still got through.
And not just to Trump, either.
Multiple people in Trump's orbit — including the First Lady, former governor Chris Christie, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, White House advisors Kellyanne Conway and Hope Hicks, campaign manager Bill Stepien, and three Republican senators — have been infected, as well.
So what does that tell us?
It tells us that we aren't effectively screening for the disease in the first place.
The tests aren't enough. Thermometers aren't enough. Masks aren't enough.
What we need is an edge. We need to be as stealthy and efficient as COVID is.
And we can be.
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You see, a few years ago, I honed in on a technology that's often referred to as "Invisible Detection" or "Stealth ID."
It uses advanced AI, thermal imaging, temperature screening, and facial recognition technology to identify potentially sick people. It's even capable of reaching out to bystanders who may have come in contact with disease carriers.
Better still, it can count the number of individuals entering and exiting a store, ensuring businesses comply with new laws governing capacity. And it can measure the distance between individuals to monitor social distancing protocols.
That's why it's already being implemented across the country.
Businesses like Amazon and Walmart are using it to scan their employees upon arrival. The facial recognition aspect ensures that every person coming and going is cleared to be there. And the infrared and surface temperature components flag anyone with a fever.
It's also being installed at airports to not only slow the spread of COVID, but to identify terrorists and potential security threats, and reduce contact between individuals and surfaces.
In addition to scanning for potential disease carriers, this technology can also compare the faces of passersby with a sprawling database of criminal mugshots and known terrorists. And if it detects them, it can alert the authorities.
Ditto for weapons.
This software has 500 types of weapons in its database. It can tell if someone is carrying a gun, knife, or even a bomb.
Just imagine if this technology had been discreetly tucked away at the White House Rose Garden event where the coronavirus is believed to have spread.
It could have scanned anyone at the gathering for a fever. Or it could identify people who came within six feet of the president, or anyone else who's since been infected, and let them know to get a test themselves.
And in addition to ALL of that, it could also have screened the entire party for weapons or suspicious people, aiding the Secret Service.
Why WASN'T this technology deployed?
Going forward, it needs to be. And it will be.
Make no mistake, there is a new normal.
Even after we finally escape the clutches of this pandemic we will have to ensure that such a costly, deadly plague never invades our shores again.
We have to modernize and adapt. We have to prepare.
And that's why I strongly believe this technology and the company behind it will help lead the charge.
Jason Simpkins is Assistant Managing Editor of the Outsider Club and Investment Director of The Wealth Warrior, a financial advisory focused on security companies and defense contractors. For more on Jason, check out his editor's page.
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