Optics are enabling key technologies in the fight against COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus. Various optical components play a critical role in the tools frontline healthcare workers use to combat this global health crisis. These include, among others, filters and lenses in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) systems that replicate DNA samples for testing and Germanium optics in infrared fever detection systems.
Key Ways Optics are Fighting COVID-19
Case Study: Optics for Ventilator Monitoring
Ventilators are critical for COVID-19 patients experiencing inflammation in their lungs or respiratory failure
Optics are used to closely monitor the blood of ventilator users
Parameters including blood gas levels and acidity must be measured to avoid complications